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

IT Network Security Consultants in the United States take home an average $82K annually. Cash earnings for IT Network Security Consultants — including $18K in bonuses and $20K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $146K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for IT Network Security Consultants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of IT Network Security Consultants are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$54,451 - $125,055
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$54K
$82K
$130K
MEDIAN: $81,555
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$14.97 - $99.98
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$100
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,451 - $125,055  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $18,066  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,820  
Commission
$6,240  
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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$50,875 - $145,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 638
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $99.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.11  
Overtime
$10.21 - $125.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,014 - $18,066  
   
Commission
$6,240  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,820  
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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$50,875 - $145,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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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Advancing into an IT Security Architect role seems to be a popular career move for IT Network Security Consultants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $116K per year. IT Network Security Consultants typically move into roles as IT Security Managers or Senior Security Consultants, and those positions pay $13K more and $24K more, respectively.

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


Many IT Network Security Consultants can be found at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Accenture, firms that are at the top of the field. Those at Accenture can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include KPMG, LLP, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where IT Network Security Consultants typically earn around $96K, $83K, or $80K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Deloitte & Touche LLP at $74K, and PricewaterhouseCoopers where $79K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some IT Network Security Consultants there earn up to $128K.

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


IT Network Security Consultants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Network Security Management, Security Risk Management, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Microsoft Exchange as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $72K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $111K. IT Network Security Consultants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $129K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,457

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For IT Network Security Consultants, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. IT Network Security Consultants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Charlotte (15 percent lower and 11 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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Security Testing and Auditing
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Security Maintenance
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Cyber Security
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$84,000

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Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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