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Personnel Security Specialist Salary

Personnel Security Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $59K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, a fair number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and the larger part have vision insurance, as well. Most Personnel Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Women Personnel Security Specialists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$40,405 - $82,277
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MEDIAN: $58,970
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,405 - $82,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,030  
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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$38,741 - $81,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $31.42  
   
Overtime
$1.86 - $53.38  
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 - $2,030  
   
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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$38,741 - $81,233  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $59K. Personnel Security Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $67K. 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 $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Personnel Security Specialists will find that Arlington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$56,000


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
$56,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft Access
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JPAS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 14%