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

The average IT Network Security Consultant in the United States earns approximately $81K annually. Total cash compensation to IT Network Security Consultants approaches anywhere from $48K on the lower end to $148K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $17K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most IT Network Security Consultants report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,554 - $125,144
(Median)
$51K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,751
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$14.50 - $115.60
(Median)
$15
$42
$120
MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,554 - $125,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,873  
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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$47,534 - $148,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 844
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $115.60  
   
Overtime
$11.56 - $87.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,873  
   
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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$47,534 - $148,010  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171

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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 $113K annually. A common career progression for an IT Network Security Consultant is to become an IT Security Manager or an Information Technology Project Manager. Compared to IT Network Security Consultants, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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


Survey results imply that IT Network Security Consultants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, UNIX, Security Policies and Procedures, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Exchange. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are also skilled in 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $66K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $91K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $106K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for IT Network Security Consultants that is 53 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Washington (+25 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), and Houston (+18 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (11 percent lower) and Austin (6 percent lower).

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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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Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 4%

Linux
0%

National Average
$84,000

Security Intrusion Detection
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Cisco Networking
up arrow 1%

Network Management / Administration
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Security Maintenance
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 188 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
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 16%
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