Security Director Salary (United States)

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Security Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40,040 to $152,293 per year and averages out to $71,236 annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took 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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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  
PayScale
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  
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  
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

Typical Security Directors report a focused set of job skills. Security Risk Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 8 percent. Those educated in Security Policies and Procedures tend to be well-versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Security Directors generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $51K—can reach $61K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $71K. After 20 years of work in the field, Security Directors typically earn $100K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. The largest number 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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For those looking to make money, Security Directors in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. 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). Security Directors in San Diego earn salaries far below the national average by 28 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Philadelphia and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-26 percent and -23 percent).

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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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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%
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