Security Director Salary (United States)

Security Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—about three-quarters have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $40,040 to $152,293 per year, typical earnings come to $71,236 annually. Total cash compensation runs from $42,069 to $142,967, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $29K and profit sharing that reaches $15,280. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Security Directors who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Security Director Salary (?
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$42,069 - $142,967
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MEDIAN: $72,344
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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 (?
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$40,040 - $152,293  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $31.27  
   
Overtime
$10.67 - $40.80  
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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  
PayScale
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

Job skills reported by Security Directors are limited. Those who have experience with Security Risk Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 8 percent more than the national average, respectively. It is often found that people who know Security Policies and Procedures are also skilled in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $51K—can reach $61K. Earnings total $71K after one to two decades. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Security Directors approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $100K. Security Directors with more than 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$71,000
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Security Directors will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 63 percent. Also paying near the top of the field are Charlotte, Seattle, Dallas, and New York, where Security Directors annually earn 61 percent, 56 percent, 40 percent, and 30 percent more than the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Security Directors in San Diego earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Philadelphia and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -26 percent and -23 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Security Director Salaries

National Average
$71,000

Skills That Affect Security Director Salaries

Security Policies and Procedures
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Operations Management
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National Average
$71,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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