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Security Director Salary (United States)

Security Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little under three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $72K annually, but may range from $40K to $152K per year. Cash earnings for Security Directors — which occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $152K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Security Director Salary (?
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$42,069 - $142,967
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MEDIAN: $72,344
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Security Director Salary (?
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$11.48 - $31.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$42,069 - $142,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,087  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $15,280  
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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$40,040 - $152,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $31.27  
   
Overtime
$10.67 - $40.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,087  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $15,280  
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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$40,040 - $152,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Security Director

The security director's most important responsibility is ensuring an organization's assets are secure and maintaining the safety of the staff and customers. These professionals are responsible for creation, review, and implementation of policies relating to the security department. They also oversee compliance with relevant local, state, and federal laws. The security director also works directly with their subordinates or fellow employees to build awareness and safety, such as through training programs.
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Security Director Tasks
  • Train and manage the security staff.
  • Establish and update security procedures and protocols.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct security and safety supervisory and office employees in the performance of security functions.

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Popular Skills for Security Director

Security Directors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Security Risk Management, Security Policies and Procedures, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know Security Policies and Procedures also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Security Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $51K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $61K on average. Security Directors see a median salary of $71K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $98K. The largest share of Security Directors have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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Boston
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National Average
$71,000
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For Security Directors, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other big spenders include Charlotte, Seattle, Dallas, and New York, top-paying cities where Security Directors see paychecks higher than average (+61 percent, +56 percent, +40 percent, and +30 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Security Directors is geography, with workers in San Diego earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and San Antonio (26 percent lower and 23 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Director Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Security Director Salaries

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National Average
$71,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 17%