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

For IT Network Security Consultants, yearly average wages total $81K annually. In the world of IT Network Security Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $147K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $17K and $10K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of IT Network Security Consultants (89 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,413 - $125,286
(Median)
$50K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,544
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$14.50 - $112.79
(Median)
$15
$42
$110
MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,413 - $125,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,656  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $9,787  
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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$47,762 - $147,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 846
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $112.79  
   
Overtime
$5.21 - $88.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,656  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $9,787  
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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$47,762 - $147,250  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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 progress into high-paying roles like IT Security Architect, where median compensation is $114K annually. When IT Network Security Consultants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become IT Security Managers or Information Technology Project Managers. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $2K, respectively.

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


IT Network Security Consultants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Computer Security, UNIX, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 Risk Management 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of IT Network Security Consultants. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $66K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $91K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


IT Network Security Consultants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 32 percent. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Atlanta (+18 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (11 percent less) and Philadelphia (10 percent less).

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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

Computer Security
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UNIX
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Security Intrusion Detection
0%

Linux
0%

National Average
$84,000

Network Management / Administration
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Cisco Networking
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Security Maintenance
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 16%
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