A Security Engineer earns an average salary of $84,580 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Security Engineer Total Pay (?
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$54,928 - $118,859
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MEDIAN: $84,579
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Security Engineer Total Pay (?
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$21.50 - $66.72
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,928 - $118,859  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,536  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $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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$55,375 - $123,375  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.50 - $66.72  
   
Overtime
$26.00 - $69.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,536  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $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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$55,375 - $123,375  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 711
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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.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Houston
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Minneapolis
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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National Average
$87,000
Columbus
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New York
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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$87,000

Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

Security Testing and Auditing
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Network Security Management
up arrow 1%
Security Intrusion Detection
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$87,000
Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 142 votes.
Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 6%
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