Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Earnings for Personnel Security Specialists in the United States come in at around $60K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Women make up a slight majority of Personnel Security Specialists (54 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Personnel Security Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,811 - $83,758
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$40K
$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 (?
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$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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like JPAS. Most people experienced in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $69K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,221

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

Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Personnel Security Specialists, 29 percent higher than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+16 percent), Alexandria (+14 percent), Arlington (+13 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Reston.

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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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