Security Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Security Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $89K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K each, total incomes of Security Engineers generally range from $58K to $129K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Security Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,810 - $123,501
(Median)
$59K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,777
10%
50%
90%

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$18.17 - $65.08
(Median)
$18
$40
$65
MEDIAN: $39.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,810 - $123,501  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,380  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $15,115  
Commission
$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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$58,135 - $129,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$18.17 - $65.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.53  
Overtime
$21.36 - $79.03  
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
$0.00 - $15,380  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$977 - $15,115  
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).
)
$58,135 - $129,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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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At the upper end, Security Engineers who move into an IT Security Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for IT Security Architects is a much higher $114K per year.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Survey results imply that Security Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Development, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, and Cisco Networking. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $78K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $94K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $106K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,941

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

Security Engineers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego represent the three top-paying cities for Security Engineers in the United States. With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

Computer Security
up arrow 11%



Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
0%

Security Intrusion Detection
0%

Network Security Management
0%

National Average
$91,000



Software Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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