Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salary

IT Network Security Consultants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $81K annually. Final cash compensation to IT Network Security Consultants varies from around $49K to approximately $148K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Network Security Consultants. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority (89 percent) of IT Network Security Consultants who answered the questionnaire are male. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,518 - $126,021
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$52K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,464
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$14.51 - $115.72
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$15
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$120
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,518 - $126,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,758  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,635  
Commission
$6,500  
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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$48,533 - $148,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 896
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $115.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$11.74 - $87.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,758  
   
Commission
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,635  
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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$48,533 - $148,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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.

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Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Tasks

  • Educate business about polices, procedure and standards.
  • Assist in risk analysis and mitigation techniques.
  • Interface with clients and technically manage security projects.
  • Assess vulnerability, including preforming penetration tests.
  • Provide incident response and forensics.

Common Career Paths for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)


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IT Network Security Consultants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as IT Security Architect. The latter position pays an average of $114K annually. When IT Network Security Consultants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become IT Security Managers or Senior Security Consultants. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $23K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)


The biggest paychecks can be found at PricewaterhouseCoopers — the median salary there is $86K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $65K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $191K.

Deloitte & Touche LLP offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $73K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $56K to $79K.

Popular Skills for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)


IT Network Security Consultants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $68K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $91K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $106K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $122K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,923

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IT Network Security Consultants will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Austin and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salaries




National Average
$84,000


Skills That Affect Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salaries

UNIX
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Security Maintenance
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Linux
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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$84,000

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Cisco Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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