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Personnel Security Specialist Salary (United States)

A typical Personnel Security Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $60K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a majority collect vision insurance. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Personnel Security Specialist Salary (?
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$40,282 - $83,605
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MEDIAN: $59,592
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Personnel Security Specialist Salary (?
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$14.18 - $32.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,282 - $83,605  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Profit Sharing
$725 - $2,100  
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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$38,934 - $82,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $32.43  
   
Overtime
$3.50 - $57.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$725 - $2,100  
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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$38,934 - $82,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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Job Description for Personnel Security Specialist

  • 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include JPAS. 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. Personnel Security Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $71K on average. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

Arlington
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National Average
$57,000
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For Personnel Security Specialists, Arlington provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+5 percent).

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$57,000

Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$57,000
Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Access
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JPAS
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 16%