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Security Director Salary

The East Coast is the promised land for Security Directors; the three top-paying cities in America are Washington, Boston, and New York. With some bonuses approaching $26K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Security Directors spread between $41K and $152K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,073 - $143,463
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$43K
$73K
$140K
MEDIAN: $73,195
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$13.64 - $30.42
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$14
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$43,073 - $143,463  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,539  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $14,681  
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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$40,538 - $151,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 806
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.64 - $30.42  
   
Overtime
$11.15 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $25,539  
   
Profit Sharing
$973 - $14,681  
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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$40,538 - $151,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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 Employer Salaries for Security Director


Allied Barton Security Services Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $59K on average.

Popular Skills for Security Director


Security Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Security Risk Management, Security Policies and Procedures, and Operations Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


Security Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $51K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $60K. Security Directors see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Security Directors, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Washington, Boston, and New York, in particular. The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (22 percent less) and Philadelphia (21 percent less).

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Experience Affects Security Director Salaries



National Average
$72,000



Skills That Affect Security Director Salaries


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$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 18%
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