Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salary
Job Description for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)
Security consultants (computing/networking/information technology) often work in large organizations and educational institutions that have large digitized databases.Read More...
Security consultants must be adaptable to each industry they may specifically cater to. They must have good organization and communication skills.
They must design and/or improve a system that protects the institution against internal and external theft of data; protecting data from terrorist organizations may also be a concern.
Security consultants also conceive emergency plans for clients. When planning, they start by assessing potential threats and then develop the process by which the company will implement the system during certain emergencies or natural disasters.
Most companies expect security consultants to have at least bachelor's degree and three to five years of professional experience. A bachelor's degree in computer science is particularly preferred in the computing, networking, or information technology field. Engineering degrees are also useful, as well as CAD experience. A common certification for security analysts is through the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC).
Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Tasks
- Assess vulnerability, including preforming penetration tests.
- Provide incident response and forensics.
- Interface with clients and technically manage security projects.
- Educate business about polices, procedure and standards.
- Assist in risk analysis and mitigation techniques.
Common Career Paths for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)
Advancing into an IT Security Architect role seems to be a popular career move for IT Network Security Consultants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $116K per year. IT Network Security Consultants typically move into roles as IT Security Managers or Senior Security Consultants, and those positions pay $13K more and $24K more, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)
Many IT Network Security Consultants can be found at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Accenture, firms that are at the top of the field. Those at Accenture can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include KPMG, LLP, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where IT Network Security Consultants typically earn around $96K, $83K, or $80K, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Deloitte & Touche LLP at $74K, and PricewaterhouseCoopers where $79K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some IT Network Security Consultants there earn up to $128K.
Popular Skills for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)
IT Network Security Consultants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Network Security Management, Security Risk Management, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Microsoft Exchange as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures and Security Testing and Auditing.
Pay by Experience Level for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Network Security Consultants. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $111K. IT Network Security Consultants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $129K.
Pay Difference by Location
For IT Network Security Consultants, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Charlotte (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).
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