Security Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Security Engineers earn an average of $87K annually. Incomes of Security Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $15K cause paychecks to spread between $57K on the low end and $128K on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security Engineers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,110 - $122,840
(Median)
$57K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $86,996
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$20.84 - $65.36
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$21
$37
$65
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,110 - $122,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,982  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $15,121  
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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$56,749 - $128,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 885
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$20.84 - $65.36  
   
Overtime
$30.59 - $81.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,982  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $15,121  
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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$56,749 - $128,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70

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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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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration and Cisco Networking. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Intrusion Detection and Network Security Management. Most people experienced in Security Policies and Procedures also know Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Engineer

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $75K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $92K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Security Engineers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+22 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Boston (9 percent less) and Atlanta (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 6%