Security Engineer Salary

Total annual pay for Security Engineers is approximately $89K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — more than a third on average. Incomes of Security Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $16K cause paychecks to spread between $56K on the low end and $130K on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security Engineers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$56,706 - $124,419
$57K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,303
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$17.48 - $62.92
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MEDIAN: $34.24
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,706 - $124,419  
   
Bonus
$1,001 - $15,504  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $15,000  
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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$55,707 - $130,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 967
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.48 - $62.92  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.53  
Overtime
$22.01 - $75.53  
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
$1,001 - $15,504  
   
Commission
$32,500  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $15,000  
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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$55,707 - $130,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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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Security Engineers who transition into an IT Security Architect role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $117K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Engineer


Raytheon Co. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $91K.

Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Computer Security, Software Development, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Security Information and Event Management, Systems Engineering, and Network Management / Administration. Most people who know 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.


Security Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $77K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $110K. Security Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,933

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Engineers, 30 percent above the national average. Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Vienna, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (9 percent lower) and St. Louis (4 percent lower).

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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 98 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries

▲25%

▲23%

▲9%

National Average
$89,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries



Software Development
▲4%








National Average
$89,000



Network Management / Administration
▼7%

Systems Engineering
▼11%

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 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
22%
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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