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

IT Network Security Consultants in the United States can expect wages of $81K annually on average. In the world of IT Network Security Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $148K. 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 and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of IT Network Security Consultants (89 percent) survey respondents are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,518 - $126,021
(Median)
$52K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,464
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$14.51 - $115.72
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$15
$36
$120
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,518 - $126,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,758  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,635  
Commission
$6,500  
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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$48,533 - $148,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 896
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $115.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$11.74 - $87.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,758  
   
Commission
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $9,635  
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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$48,533 - $148,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 181
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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 an IT Security Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for IT Security Architects is a much higher $114K per year. IT Network Security Consultants most often move into positions as IT Security Managers or Senior Security Consultants; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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


PricewaterhouseCoopers pays the most with a median salary of $86K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $65K to a high of $191K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $56K to just $79K — but Deloitte & Touche LLP offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $73K.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 16 percent. 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 Policies and Procedures 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Network Security Consultants. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $68K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $106K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $122K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,923

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IT Network Security Consultants will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 3 percent less, 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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Security Maintenance
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Linux
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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$84,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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