Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Pay for Personnel Security Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $60K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Personnel Security Specialists (54 percent) survey respondents. A fair number have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,363 - $84,048
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$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $59,962
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$14.33 - $32.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,363 - $84,048  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $1,730  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,544 - $83,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $32.83  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $49.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $1,730  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$38,544 - $83,018  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Personnel Security Specialist

A personnel security specialist determines if a person is eligible for government clearance for employment. The clearances dealt with may range from lower level to top secret. The job involves reviewing security forms and determining if the information is correct, and if it is not, what needs to be corrected.

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Personnel Security Specialist Tasks

  • Screen and evaluate candidates using data from the Electronic Questionnaires of Investigation Processing.
  • Recommend and make briefings about overall personnel and security as well as breaches and risks.
  • Maintain and update security files.
  • Review and analyze personnel backgrounds and history for clearance, violations, and/or risk assessments.
  • Conduct security trainings and evaluate staff processes and procedures for security risks.

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Popular Skills for Personnel Security Specialist


Personnel Security Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Security Policies and Procedures, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like JPAS and Microsoft Access. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Personnel Security Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. For Personnel Security Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Personnel Security Specialists, 27 percent higher than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+18 percent) and Arlington (+13 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent.

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Security Policies and Procedures
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$58,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
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JPAS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 13%
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