Security Engineer Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Security Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $87,197 per year. Compensation generally starts at $55,338 and does not exceed $127,123 per year. Cash earnings of Security Engineers can occasionally include $14,527 each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $55,338 to almost $127,123. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and most get vision coverage. For the most part, Security Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Security Engineer Salary (?
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$55,207 - $120,830
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MEDIAN: $85,177
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Security Engineer Salary (?
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$21.12 - $66.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,207 - $120,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,527  
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $15,126  
Total Pay (?
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$55,338 - $127,123  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 721
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Hourly Rate
$21.12 - $66.04  
   
Overtime
$26.80 - $67.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,527  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,800 - $15,126  
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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$55,338 - $127,123  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Security Engineer

Security engineers are responsible for developing effective computing solutions to increase the security of their company's systems and projects. They are in charge of creating new ways to solve existing production security issues and must possess an advanced understanding of intrusion detection and prevention protocols. One of their main responsibilities is to handle technical problems dealing with applications and production equipment. These individuals possess exceptional incident-response skills, and a high understanding of computer forensics. They assess current workflows to determine possible future issues. As a result, they work with other engineers and professionals to deploy new strategies to contain and mitigate production problems.
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Security Engineer Tasks
  • Create test plans which will allow for a proper evaluation of security issues for new hardware and software.
  • Identify security solutions and implement a multi-layered defense to protect the networks.
  • Test new or upgraded hardware and software and implement new technologies.
  • Configure and set up firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
  • Respond to network intrusions and be familiar with performing forensic investigation.

Common Career Paths for Security Engineer

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For Security Engineers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a IT Security Architect will earn $23K more than someone not as far along in their career.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer

Security Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, Computer Security, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know Network Security Management and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Security Engineers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Starting out, salaries fall in the $77K range but grow to $100K after five to 10 years. Salaries reach six figures after a good amount of time spent on the job—between 10 and 20 years—typically amounting to $102K. Salary increase slows as Security Engineers pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $108K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$87,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Security Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (-11 percent) and Chicago (-7 percent).

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries

National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

Security Testing and Auditing
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Computer Security
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 6%
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