Median pay for Personnel Security Specialists in the United States is around $62K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A strong majority enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Personnel Security Specialists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,972 - $86,398
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$41K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,601
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$15.31 - $30.74
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$15
$23
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,972 - $86,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,400  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$39,207 - $85,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.31 - $30.74  
   
Overtime
$23.16 - $45.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$39,207 - $85,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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Personnel Security Specialists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Security Manager. On average, Security Managers get paid about the same as Personnel Security Specialists do.

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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 Microsoft Excel, Security Policies and Procedures, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include JPAS. Those educated in Microsoft Excel tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

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


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 $64K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Personnel Security Specialists make a median salary of $70K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,003

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Antonio is home to an above-average pay rate for Personnel Security Specialists, 13 percent higher than the national average. Personnel Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+11 percent) and Arlington (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Reston and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Personnel Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Personnel Security Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Security Policies and Procedures
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$60,000

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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