Security Manager Salary

Security Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below two-thirds of Security Managers. Salaries average out to around $60K per year and spread from $32K to $108K per year. In the world of Security Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $32K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $9K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. A fair number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Security Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Security Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,904 - $109,967

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$11.54 - $27.40

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,904 - $109,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,531  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,840  
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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$32,498 - $107,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.54 - $27.40  
   
Overtime
$12.43 - $41.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,531  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,840  
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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$32,498 - $107,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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 $6K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Dominating the field, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), AlliedBarton, and Universal Protections Services are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Security Managers. Lockheed Martin Corp offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $78K. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Allied Barton Security Services Inc. ($54K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($54K), and AlliedBarton ($48K).

Less than half of the top paying employer's rate, US Security Associates, Inc. offers a median salary of just $39K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Other low-paying employers include Universal Protections Services at $42K and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. at $48K, though some Security Managers there earn up to $69K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with SAP Security, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 78 percent, 66 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Those educated in Security Policies and Procedures tend to be well versed in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. 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 $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Security Managers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+44 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Orlando Security Managers earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Las Vegas (15 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
up arrow 78%


Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 25%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%



Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$56,000

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Training
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 19%
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