The median total income of Security Engineers is around $89K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $16K, total cash payment to Security Engineers can bottom out at $56K or peak near $130K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction for Security Engineers is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,254 - $125,073
$57K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,880
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50%
90%

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$17.35 - $62.28
$17
$35
$62
MEDIAN: $34.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,254 - $125,073  
   
Bonus
$993 - $15,584  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $15,067  
Commission
$32,500  
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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$55,887 - $130,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,015
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.35 - $62.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.53  
Overtime
$22.08 - $75.33  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$993 - $15,584  
   
Commission
$32,500  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $15,067  
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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$55,887 - $130,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 83

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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

  • Configure and set up firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
  • Respond to network intrusions and be familiar with performing forensic investigation.
  • Test new or upgraded hardware and software and implement new technologies.
  • 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.

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 $116K annually.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Engineer


For Security Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Raytheon Co.; in fact, median earnings sit around $91K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Survey takers working as Security Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Web Security & Encryption, Software Development, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Linux, Security Information and Event Management, and Network Management / Administration. Most people experienced in Security Intrusion Detection also know Network Security Management and Security Policies and Procedures. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in Security Policies and Procedures and Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Engineer

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


For Security Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $77K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $97K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $111K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,337

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

For Security Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+18 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+8 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Dallas and 7 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Security Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

Computer Security
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Software Development
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National Average
$89,000


Cyber Security
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Network Management / Administration
up arrow 8%

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
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Linux
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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