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Security Manager Salary

The majority of Security Managers in the United States — slightly less than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $32K to $106K per year, and the median is $60K per year. In the world of Security Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $32K and $106K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $9K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction for Security Managers is high. The vast majority of Security Managers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,634 - $107,608
(Median)
$37K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $59,682
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$11.55 - $27.60
(Median)
$12
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,634 - $107,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,453  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,022  
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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$32,379 - $106,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,530
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $27.60  
   
Overtime
$12.42 - $41.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,453  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,022  
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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$32,379 - $106,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343

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Job Description for Security Manager

Security managers are employed in a range of industries, from retail to computer technology. Because the work can vary greatly, some employers require that applicants have a bachelor's degree in management, while others prefer work experience over education; this is a managerial position, so most employers require anywhere between three and ten years of experience.

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Security Manager Tasks

  • Plan and coordinate security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests or others.
  • Supervise security staff.
  • Create and implement security standards, policies, and procedures.

Common Career Paths for Security Manager


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Security Managers who transition into an Information Security Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $104K per year. Security Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Physical Security Directors or Security Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Security Managers flock to Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), AlliedBarton, and Universal Protections Services, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Lockheed Martin Corp offers the most; Security Managers earn $78K on average there. Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), and AlliedBarton are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Security Managers earning around $54K, $51K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Universal Protections Services at $42K and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. at $45K, though some Security Managers there earn up to $69K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Security Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Intrusion Detection, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 69 percent, 25 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Those familiar with Security Policies and Procedures also tend to know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Manager

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


Security Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $44K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $52K. Security Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $65K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Security Managers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 59 percent above the national average. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+47 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Security Managers in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 10 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries


Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 25%

Customer Service
up arrow 17%


Team Leadership
up arrow 8%


Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$55,000

Operations Management
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 353 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 20%
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