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Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Personnel Security Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $60K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. A fair number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Most Personnel Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,403 - $83,786
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$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $59,788
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$14.35 - $32.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,403 - $83,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$457.81 - $2,430  
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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$38,598 - $82,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.35 - $32.67  
   
Overtime
$0.36 - $49.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$457.81 - $2,430  
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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$38,598 - $82,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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


Personnel Security Specialists seem to require a number of specific 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 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.


For Personnel Security Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $50K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. Personnel Security Specialists bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $71K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Personnel Security Specialists, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+19 percent) and Arlington (+14 percent). San Diego 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

Late-Career
up arrow 24%



National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Security Policies and Procedures
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Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$57,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
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JPAS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 14%
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