With around three in five of Security Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Security Managers is $64K per year and can range from $34K on the lower end to $112K per year near the higher end. Overall cash earnings for Security Managers vary widely between $34K and $112K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and years of experience. Men make up the vast majority of Security Managers (86 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Security Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $63,771
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$38,781 - $112,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,824  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
Commission
$0.00  
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$33,568 - $111,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,243
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$11.49 - $28.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$16.32 - $44.51  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,824  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
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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$33,568 - $111,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Security Manager


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There are some Security Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Information Security Managers, where earnings are an average $106K annually. Security Managers typically move into roles as Physical Security Directors or Security Directors, and those positions pay $4K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Many Security Managers can be found at G4S Security Services, AlliedBarton, Universal Protections Services, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., and U.S. Army, firms that are at the top of the field. Security Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Amazon.com Inc, where the average salary comes to $87K. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries at United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) (+$78K), Lockheed Martin Corp (+$72K), and U.S. Army (+$67K).

Considering that the median salary at Universal Protections Services is a shallow $42K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Other low-paying employers include US Security Associates, Inc. at $42K and G4S Security Services at $42K, though some Security Managers there earn up to $68K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Survey takers working as Security Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with SAP Security, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 67 percent, 46 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Training as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Team Leadership also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Security Policies and Procedures also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Manager

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $46K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $56K. Security Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $64K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,624

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For Security Managers, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+61 percent), San Diego (+60 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), and Boston (+26 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Las Vegas is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Miami and 16 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Security Manager

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$60,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
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Customer Service
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 9%


Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$60,000


Security Intrusion Detection
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People Management
up arrow 19%

Training
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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