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

Median pay for IT Network Security Consultants in the United States is around $81K annually. In the world of IT Network Security Consultants, total cash compensation can vary between $48K 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 duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most IT Network Security Consultants report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of IT Network Security Consultants are male. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$50,594 - $125,365
(Median)
$51K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,713
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$14.49 - $115.82
(Median)
$14
$42
$120
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,594 - $125,365  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,158  
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $10,033  
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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$48,024 - $148,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.49 - $115.82  
   
Overtime
$5.21 - $88.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,158  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.30 - $10,033  
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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$48,024 - $148,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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. The most common next step for an IT Network Security Consultant is to become an IT Security Manager or an Information Technology Project Manager. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $2K more per year.

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


IT Network Security Consultants seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Computer Security can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. UNIX and Security Risk Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 21 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $66K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $91K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $106K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $120K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Network Security Consultants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), Washington (+24 percent), and Houston (+19 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (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

Computer Security
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UNIX
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Linux
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National Average
$84,000

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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 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: 62% employee benefits None: 16%
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