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Security Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Security Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $87K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $15K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $57K and hits $128K on the high end. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Security Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$57,605 - $122,697
(Median)
$58K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,133
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$20.38 - $65.05
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$20
$38
$65
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,605 - $122,697  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,000  
Profit Sharing
$959 - $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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$57,037 - $128,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 915
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$20.38 - $65.05  
   
Overtime
$30.59 - $81.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$959 - $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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$57,037 - $128,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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.

Common Career Paths for Security Engineer


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Security Engineers who go on to become IT Security Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for IT Security Architects is $113K annually.

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Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Survey results imply that Security Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Computer Security, Security Risk Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration and Cisco Networking. Most people experienced in IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Intrusion Detection and Network Security Management. It is often found that people who know Security Policies and Procedures are also skilled in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $75K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $92K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $105K. 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 $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Security Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+23 percent), Washington (+20 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Minneapolis (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Nashville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Boston (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$89,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries


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$89,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 6%
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