Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Personnel Security Specialists in the United States take home approximately $60K per year on average. Career duration 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 (53 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,354 - $84,195

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$14.79 - $32.74

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,354 - $84,195  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
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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$38,606 - $82,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $32.74  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $49.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,961  
   
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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$38,606 - $82,944  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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 imply that Personnel Security Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Personnel Security Specialists, busy Dallas offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+17 percent), Alexandria (+14 percent), Arlington (+12 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$58,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 3%

JPAS
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
19%
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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