Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Average Personnel Security Specialists in the United States make around $60K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,483 - $84,102
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$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $60,043
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$14.33 - $32.83
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,483 - $84,102  
   
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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$38,664 - $83,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 300
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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$38,664 - $83,068  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


Survey results suggest that Personnel Security Specialists put a wide range of professional skills 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $50K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. 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


Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Personnel Security Specialists in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+18 percent) and Arlington (+12 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of 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 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$58,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%


JPAS
up arrow 6%

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
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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