A substantial slice of final earnings for Security Engineers (more than a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $89K. Total cash earnings of Security Engineers range from $56K on the low end to $130K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $17K and $15K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Security Engineers is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,140 - $124,961
(Median)
$57K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,822
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50%
90%

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$16.77 - $61.13
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$17
$35
$61
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,140 - $124,961  
   
Bonus
$991 - $17,163  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $14,544  
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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$55,890 - $129,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 981
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$16.77 - $61.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.53  
Overtime
$23.16 - $79.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$991 - $17,163  
   
Commission
$32,500  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $14,544  
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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$55,890 - $129,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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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Security Engineers who transition into an IT Security Architect role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $116K per year.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Security Risk Management, Computer Security, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Linux, Security Information and Event Management, and Network Management / Administration. Most people skilled in Security Intrusion Detection are similarly competent in Network Security Management and Security Policies and Procedures. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $77K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $111K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,416

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Security Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+24 percent), Minneapolis (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. St. Louis and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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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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Security Intrusion Detection
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Network Security Management
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National Average
$89,000

Cyber Security
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Software Development
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Cisco Networking
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Network Management / Administration
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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 93 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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