Personnel Security Specialist Salary (United States)

Personnel Security Specialists in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $57,226 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $38,934 to $82,572 per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Women Personnel Security Specialists just slightly outnumber men in the field. Most Personnel Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Personnel Security Specialist Salary (?
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$40,282 - $83,605
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MEDIAN: $59,592
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Personnel Security Specialist Salary (?
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$14.18 - $32.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,282 - $83,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Profit Sharing
$725 - $2,100  
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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$38,934 - $82,572  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $32.43  
   
Overtime
$3.50 - $57.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$725 - $2,100  
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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$38,934 - $82,572  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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Job Description for Personnel Security Specialist

  • 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include JPAS. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

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, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Starting out, salaries are typically $50K, which grows to $60K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $68K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Personnel Security Specialists earning an average of $71K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$57,000
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For Personnel Security Specialists, Arlington provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+5 percent).

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$57,000
Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Access
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JPAS
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 16%
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