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Security Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Security Engineers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $85K per year,. 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 $55K to almost $127K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and a fair portion earn vision coverage. The majority of Security Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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MEDIAN: $37.00
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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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 721
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$0$25$50$75
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  
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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Security Engineers may experience if they take an upper-level role like IT Security Architect. The position tends to pay $111K annually.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer

Security Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed in 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.
Security Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $73K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $102K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $108K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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$87,000
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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Engineers, 19 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include San Francisco, Washington, Seattle, and Minneapolis, top-paying cities where Security Engineers see paychecks higher than average (+19 percent, +18 percent, +17 percent, and +13 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Chicago (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Network Security Management
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Security Intrusion Detection
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National Average
$87,000
Security Policies and Procedures
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Cisco Networking
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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%