Security Director Salary

With nearly three in four of Security Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Security Directors is $76K annually and can range from $41K on the lower end to $150K per year near the higher end. Total cash earnings of Security Directors range from $41K on the low end to $150K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $28K and $20K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by years of experience and the specific company. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Security Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Read More
$44,631 - $143,320
$45K
$76K
$140K
MEDIAN: $76,062
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.56 - $32.25
$12
$19
$32
MEDIAN: $18.85
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$0$149K
Salary $44,631 - $143,320
Bonus $304.10 - $27,617
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,203
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).
)
$40,985 - $149,702
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 495
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $11.56 - $32.25
Overtime $15.15 - $45.72
Annual Data $0$149K
Bonus $304.10 - $27,617
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $20,203
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).
)
$40,985 - $149,702
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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.

Security Director Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Security Director


The biggest paychecks can be found at Universal Protections Services — the median salary there is $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. Those listing People Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know Security Policies and Procedures also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Director

Pay by Experience for a Security Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 126 salaries. An experienced Security Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 233 salaries. A Security Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 222 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,636

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

For Security Directors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 60 percent above the national average. Security Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+49 percent), Seattle (+45 percent), Washington (+34 percent), and New York (+27 percent). Compared to the national average, Chicago Security Directors have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 19 percent less in San Antonio and 16 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Security Director

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
43%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Security Director Salaries

▲17%

▲8%

National Average
$74,000

▼15%

▼32%

Skills That Affect Security Director Salaries



National Average
$74,000


People Management
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 23%
ADVERTISEMENT