Security Director Salary

About three-fourths of Security Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $40K to $149K per year, and the average comes out to $76K annually. Total cash compensation to Security Directors approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $149K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $27K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Security Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$42,259 - $143,640
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MEDIAN: $75,619
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$13.70 - $31.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,259 - $143,640  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,809  
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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$39,682 - $148,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 526
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $31.92  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $40.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $13,809  
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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$39,682 - $148,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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

  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct security and safety supervisory and office employees in the performance of security functions.
  • Establish and update security procedures and protocols.
  • Train and manage the security staff.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Director


Allied Barton Security Services Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $59K.

Popular Skills for Security Director


Job skills reported by Security Directors are limited. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Operations Management, Security Policies and Procedures, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing People Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. The majority of those 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $62K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $79K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $86K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,792

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

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Directors, 62 percent above the national average. Security Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+47 percent), San Francisco (+40 percent), Boston (+38 percent), and Houston (+37 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Chicago Security Directors earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Las Vegas and San Antonio (18 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Security Director

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Security Director Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$73,000

▼14%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Security Director Salaries


Operations Management
▼0%

National Average
$73,000


People Management
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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