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

The average IT Network Security Consultant in the United States earns approximately $81K per year. Cash earnings for IT Network Security Consultants — including $17K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $47K to $148K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$50,365 - $125,409
(Median)
$50K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,220
10%
50%
90%

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$14.54 - $117.06
(Median)
$15
$44
$120
MEDIAN: $43.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$50,365 - $125,409  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,375  
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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$47,466 - $147,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 859
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $117.06  
   
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 - $17,375  
   
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).
)
$47,466 - $147,834  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174

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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 Network Security Consultants transition into upper-level roles such as IT Security Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. IT Security Architects earn $113K on average per year. IT Security Managers or Information Technology Project Managers are common next-step roles for IT Network Security Consultants moving up in their careers; annual pay for IT Security Managers is $12K higher on average, and it's $1K higher for Information Technology Project Managers.

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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 8 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Exchange also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Network Security Consultants. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $66K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $106K. IT Network Security Consultants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Network Security Consultants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. IT Network Security Consultants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+33 percent), San Francisco (+28 percent), Washington (+23 percent), and Atlanta (+18 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Employers in Minneapolis and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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




National Average
$85,000


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


UNIX
up arrow 11%




Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 4%

Cisco Networking
0%

National Average
$85,000

Network Management / Administration
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Linux
up arrow 1%

Security Intrusion Detection
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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 197 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%