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

A typical IT Network Security Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $80K annually. In the world of IT Network Security Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $46K and $147K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most IT Network Security Consultants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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At the upper end, IT Network Security Consultants who move into a IT Security Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for IT Security Architects is $111K 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 $13K and $2K, respectively.

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

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in Security Testing and Auditing and Security Risk Management.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $66K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $88K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $104K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $118K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. A little over a half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a 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 roughly a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$84,000
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With a pay rate for IT Network Security Consultants that is 61 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. San Francisco, Washington, Atlanta, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with IT Network Security Consultants earning around 29 percent, 21 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent more than average. Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Chicago (11 percent lower and 9 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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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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$84,000
Cisco Networking
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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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 270 votes.

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%