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

IT Security Consultants in the United States typically take home $83,813 annually. Compensation generally starts at $46,384 and does not exceed $146,663 per year. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $19,545 from bonuses and more than $10,406 from profit sharing—stretch from around $49,121 to approximately $124,688. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and a majority collecting vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology) Salary (?
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$49,121 - $124,688
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MEDIAN: $80,072
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$14.64 - $118.21
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,121 - $124,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,545  
Profit Sharing
$958 - $10,406  
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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$46,384 - $146,663  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 947
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $118.21  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $84.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,545  
   
Profit Sharing
$958 - $10,406  
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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$46,384 - $146,663  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
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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 Security Consultants transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a IT Security Architect may earn an extra $27K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. IT Security Consultants moving up in their career tend to step into positions as IT Security Managers or IT Project Managers, where paychecks increase by $12,700 or $1,747 per year.

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

IT 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 of 9 percent, 7 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well-versed in Security Testing and Auditing and Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Consultant, (Computing / Networking / Information Technology)

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Pay for IT Security Consultants increases steadily with experience. Starting out, salaries are typically $66K, which grows to $88K after five to 10 years. Salaries reach six figures after a good amount of time spent on the job—between 10 and 20 years—typically amounting to $104K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and IT Security Consultants at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $118K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$84,000
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For IT Security Consultants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 61 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Washington, Atlanta, and Houston, where IT Security Consultants annually earn 29 percent, 21 percent, 16 percent, and 15 percent more than the national average. Philadelphia is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Workers in Minneapolis and Chicago earn less than others in this profession; their -11 percent and -9 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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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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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Computer Security
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Linux
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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$84,000
Cisco Networking
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 270 votes.

Gender

Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 16%
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