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

The average IT Security Consultant in the United States earns approximately $83,813 annually. Pay starts at $46,384 and can approach $146,663 per year on the higher side. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salary (?
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$49,121 - $124,688
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MEDIAN: $80,072
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Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salary (?
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$14.64 - $118.21
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,121 - $124,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,545  
Profit Sharing
$958 - $10,406  
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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$46,384 - $146,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 947
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $118.21  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $84.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,545  
   
Profit Sharing
$958 - $10,406  
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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$46,384 - $146,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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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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As IT Security Consultants transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a IT Security Architect may earn an extra $27K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. IT Security Consultants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as IT Security Managers or IT Project Managers, where paychecks increase by $12,700 or $1,747 per year.

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

IT Security Consultants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, UNIX, Security Testing and Auditing, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Testing and Auditing and Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)

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For many but not all IT Security Consultants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Beginning workers can expect to earn $66K starting out, which grows to $88K after five to 10 years. After one to two decades on the job, workers bring in a six-figure salary around $104K. Salary increase slows as IT Security Consultants pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $118K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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$84,000
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IT Security Consultants will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 61 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Washington, Atlanta, and Houston, where IT Security Consultants annually earn 29 percent, 21 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent more than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. Employers pay around -11 percent in Minneapolis and -9 percent in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

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$84,000

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

UNIX
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Computer Security
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Linux
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%