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

IT Network Security Consultants in the United States take home an average $82K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Network Security Consultants varies from $51K to $146K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $19K each. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of IT Network Security Consultants who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,698 - $126,557
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MEDIAN: $82,238
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,698 - $126,557  
   
Bonus
$995 - $19,452  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,134  
Commission
$6,240  
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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$51,016 - $146,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 654
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Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $100.06  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $126.27  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$995 - $19,452  
   
Commission
$6,240  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,134  
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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$51,016 - $146,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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

  • 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)


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IT Network Security Consultants might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as IT Security Architect, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $116K per year. IT Network Security Consultants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as IT Security Managers or Senior Security Consultants. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of IT Network Security Consultants include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Although salaries only range from $70K to just $114K, Accenture still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $103K. IT Network Security Consultants will also find cushy salaries at KPMG, LLP (+$96K), Booz, Allen, and Hamilton (+$84K), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. (+$80K).

Other low-paying employers include Deloitte & Touche LLP at $75K and PricewaterhouseCoopers at $79K, though some IT Network Security Consultants there earn up to $128K.

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, Network Security Management, Cisco Networking, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Those listing Microsoft Exchange as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Linux also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are 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.


IT Network Security Consultants with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $114K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $128K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $85,150

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With a pay rate for IT Network Security Consultants that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Baltimore offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Network Security Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Seattle (+2 percent). Philadelphia is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Charlotte (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salaries




National Average
$85,000


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

UNIX
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Security Testing and Auditing
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Cyber Security
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Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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