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

Median pay for IT Network Security Consultants in the United States is around $81K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Network Security Consultants bottoms out near $48K and approaches $148K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $17K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of IT Network Security Consultants (89 percent) who took the survey. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, IT Network Security Consultants enjoy their work and 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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$50,490 - $125,349
(Median)
$50K
$81K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,614
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$14.52 - $115.12
(Median)
$15
$40
$120
MEDIAN: $39.00
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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
$50,490 - $125,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,873  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $9,744  
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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$47,500 - $147,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 854
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.52 - $115.12  
   
Overtime
$11.63 - $87.29  
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
$1.14 - $9,744  
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).
)
$47,500 - $147,845  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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 $113K per year. IT Network Security Consultants typically move into roles as IT Security Managers or Information Technology Project Managers, and those positions pay $14K more and $2K more, respectively.

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


IT Network Security Consultants seem to exploit a large range 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 9 percent and 15 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. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also 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.


For many IT Network Security Consultants, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $66K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $91K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $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 $120K.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+26 percent), Washington (+25 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Atlanta (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Austin (11 percent lower and 6 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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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Linux
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Security Intrusion Detection
0%

National Average
$84,000

Network Management / Administration
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Cisco Networking
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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 185 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: 15%
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