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Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Personnel Security Specialists in the United States take home an average $60K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Personnel Security Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Personnel Security Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A fair number claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,403 - $84,361
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$60K
$84K
MEDIAN: $60,033
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$14.35 - $32.67
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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,403 - $84,361  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $2,457  
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 - $83,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate 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$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
$983 - $2,457  
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).
)
$38,598 - $83,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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 report using a wide range 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 and Microsoft Access. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

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


Personnel Security Specialists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. Personnel Security Specialists see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Personnel Security Specialists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $71K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Personnel Security Specialists will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Antonio (+19 percent) and Arlington (+14 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$57,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 3%

JPAS
up arrow 5%

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
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 14%
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