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Security Engineer Salary

The average salary for a Security Engineer is $85,569 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Web Security & Encryption, Computer Security, and Security Risk Management. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
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$55,535 - $121,690
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$56K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,569
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$20.84 - $66.58
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MEDIAN: $38.00
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$55,535 - $121,690  
   
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$0.00 - $14,920  
Profit Sharing
$984 - $15,142  
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$55,562 - $128,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 789
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$20.84 - $66.58  
   
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$27.10 - $135.74  
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$0.00 - $14,920  
   
Profit Sharing
$984 - $15,142  
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$55,562 - $128,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Security Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$88,000


Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
up arrow 15%

Computer Security
up arrow 11%



IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 3%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 1%

Network Security Management
0%

National Average
$88,000

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 1%

Cisco Networking
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 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
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%