Security Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Security Engineers earn an average of $88K annually. Cash earnings of Security Engineers can occasionally include $15K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $57K to almost $129K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security Engineers. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$57,875 - $123,518
(Median)
$58K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,285
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$20.21 - $64.70
(Median)
$20
$39
$65
MEDIAN: $38.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,875 - $123,518  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,161  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $15,101  
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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$57,194 - $129,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 970
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$20.21 - $64.70  
   
Overtime
$1.39 - $79.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,161  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $15,101  
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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$57,194 - $129,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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, progressing to an IT Security Architect role may result in a significant raise. On average, an IT Security Architect can earn $113K annually.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Security Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Computer Security, Security Risk Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cisco Networking and Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in Security Intrusion Detection and Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Security Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $77K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $93K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $106K. Security Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $107K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Security Engineers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco represent the three top-paying cities for Security Engineers in the United States. With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Boston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Chicago and Denver earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries


Computer Security
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Intrusion Detection
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$90,000

Network Security Management
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%
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