Security Director Salary

A little under three-quarters of Security Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $148K per year, but median earnings come to around $75K per year. Total cash compensation to Security Directors approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $148K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $29K from bonuses and upwards of $14K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most Security Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just over a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$42,888 - $142,706
$43K
$75K
$140K
MEDIAN: $75,474
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$13.56 - $32.37
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MEDIAN: $19.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,888 - $142,706  
   
Bonus
$0.43 - $28,928  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,094  
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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$40,021 - $148,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.56 - $32.37  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $44.34  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.43 - $28,928  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,094  
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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$40,021 - $148,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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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


Security Directors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Universal Protections Services, where the average salary comes to $60K.

Popular Skills for Security Director


Survey results show that Security Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Operations Management, Security Policies and Procedures, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. People Management, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. For most people, competency in Security Policies and Procedures indicates knowledge of 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 fewer than five years of experience earn around $50K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $63K. Security Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Security Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $86K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,950

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

Security Directors will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 62 percent. Security Directors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+50 percent), Seattle (+47 percent), Washington (+36 percent), and New York (+28 percent). Compared to the national average, Chicago Security Directors have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (18 percent lower) and Miami (15 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Security Director

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%
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Experience Affects Security Director Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

National Average
$73,000

▼14%

▼32%

Skills That Affect Security Director Salaries



National Average
$73,000


People Management
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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