Personnel Security Specialist Salary

An average Personnel Security Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a strong majority, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Personnel Security Specialists (54 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,811 - $83,758
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$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $60,326
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$14.17 - $31.60
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$32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,811 - $83,758  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,851  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$37,954 - $82,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 320
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.17 - $31.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,851  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
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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$37,954 - $82,005  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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


Survey results suggest that Personnel Security Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Security Policies and Procedures, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include JPAS. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

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


For Personnel Security Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $63K. On average, Personnel Security Specialists make $69K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,221

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Personnel Security Specialists, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Personnel Security Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Antonio (+16 percent), Alexandria (+14 percent), Arlington (+13 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Reston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

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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
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$58,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 2%

JPAS
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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