Security Engineer Salary

Security Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $89K annually. Cash earnings of Security Engineers can occasionally include $15K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $58K to almost $129K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 (?
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$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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Security Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an IT Security Architect. The average IT Security Architect brings home $114K per year.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Security Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Software Development, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, and Cisco Networking. Most people experienced in 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 many Security Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $78K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $94K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $106K. Security Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $107K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,941

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

For Security Engineers, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Workers in Atlanta and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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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 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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