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

Median pay for IT Network Security Consultants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $81K annually. Total cash earnings of IT Network Security Consultants range from $48K on the low end to $147K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $17K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Network Security Consultants. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male IT Network Security Consultants far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,550 - $125,322

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$14.49 - $113.10

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,550 - $125,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,656  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$47,960 - $146,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 849
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Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $113.10  
   
Overtime
$5.14 - $88.19  
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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$47,960 - $146,867  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an IT Security Architect. The average IT Security Architect brings home $114K per year. 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 Employer Salaries for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)


Bringing up the rear, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton's median pay of $85K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $154K.

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


Survey takers working as IT Network Security Consultants report using a large range of professional skills. 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 16 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. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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.


For many IT Network Security Consultants, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $90K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $106K. IT Network Security Consultants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Network Security Consultants, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Washington (+24 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and Houston (+21 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Minneapolis and 10 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Linux
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Network Management / Administration
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National Average
$84,000

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 167 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
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%
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