Security Engineer Salary

Security Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $89K annually. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $15K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $57K and hits $129K on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Security Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,065 - $123,330
(Median)
$58K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,580
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$18.55 - $64.63
(Median)
$19
$38
$65
MEDIAN: $38.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,065 - $123,330  
   
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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$57,236 - $129,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 982
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$18.55 - $64.63  
   
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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$57,236 - $129,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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 progress into high-paying roles like IT Security Architect, where median compensation is $114K annually.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Survey results suggest that Security Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Web Security & Encryption, Security Risk Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration and Cisco Networking. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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.


For Security Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $77K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $93K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $106K. 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 $107K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Security Engineers, above-average compensation can be found in California — Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for Security Engineers. The lowest-paying market is Boston, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Denver (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

Computer Security
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Intrusion Detection
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National Average
$91,000

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: 79% employee benefits None: 6%
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