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

An average IT Network Security Consultant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $81K per year. In the world of IT Network Security Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $47K and $149K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $10K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Network Security Consultants. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,697 - $125,390
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$50K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,534
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$14.72 - $121.91
(Median)
$15
$46
$120
MEDIAN: $46.00
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$49,697 - $125,390  
   
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$0.00 - $19,725  
Profit Sharing
$975 - $10,161  
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$47,216 - $148,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 902
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$14.72 - $121.91  
   
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$11.84 - $99.33  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $19,725  
   
Profit Sharing
$975 - $10,161  
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$47,216 - $148,803  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 180
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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 who go on to become IT Security Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for IT Security Architects is $112K annually. IT Network Security Consultants most often move into positions as IT Security Managers or Information Technology Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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


IT Network Security Consultants report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 between 5 percent and 9 percent. 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 familiar with Security Policies and Procedures tend to be well versed in Security Risk Management and Security Testing and Auditing. 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)

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 beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $89K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $122K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 64 percent, IT Network Security Consultants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. IT Network Security Consultants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+40 percent), Washington (+19 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Philadelphia (12 percent lower and 10 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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Computer Security
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Linux
0%

National Average
$84,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%