Security Engineer Salary

Security Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $89K per year. Overall cash earnings of Security Engineers stretch from $57K near the bottom to $129K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a fair number get vision benefits. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,894 - $123,178

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$19.00 - $64.49

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,894 - $123,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,596  
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $15,080  
Total Pay (?
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$56,976 - $128,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 989
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $64.49  
   
Overtime
$1.39 - $79.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,596  
   
Profit Sharing
$387.83 - $15,080  
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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$56,976 - $128,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their 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 9 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration and Cisco Networking. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed 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.


Security Engineers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $77K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $93K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $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


Mountain View, San Jose, and San Francisco — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Security Engineers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Boston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 5 percent. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Chicago and Denver (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

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$90,000

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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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