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Security Manager Salary

Just below two-thirds of Security Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $32K to $104K per year, but median earnings come to around $59K per year. Total cash earnings of Security Managers range from $32K on the low end to $104K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $10K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Security Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Security Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,574 - $104,154
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MEDIAN: $58,955
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$11.64 - $26.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,574 - $104,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,562  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,744  
Total Pay (?
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$32,219 - $103,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,488
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Hourly Rate
$11.64 - $26.87  
   
Overtime
$13.11 - $40.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,744  
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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$32,219 - $103,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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Job Description for Security Manager

The tasks of a security manager vary somewhat, depending on the type of work a manager is doing, and what position he or she occupies. In a seemingly large company, it is most likely that the security manager will oversee the physical security of people in a real-life environment, or he or she will oversee security through digital means. In a small company, a security manager is most likely to be found keeping security both digitally and in a physical, real-life environment, and will also perform a few other tasks depending on what the particular position calls for. When a security manager handles real-world security, this often involves protecting merchandise or property in the workplace and providing safety and security for coworkers, employees, and customers. The job of a security manager also involves creating certain security policies and procedures for everyone in the company to follow. Security managers make sure that the employees are practicing safe work habits. They may also instruct employees in various security methods used by the company. A security manager is also able to hire and train anyone he or she needs for security purposes. If a security manager is working in IT (information technology), he or she will most often be responsible for overseeing the security of (and preventing the privacy of) business information. This involves implementing security measures for computer systems, including firewalls, antivirus software, and other security measures that the security manager chooses to include. Security managers also monitor employee use on computer devices and run regular scans of systems at a business. An IT security manager is also responsible for an IT team, depending on how large the company is and how large the need for security is.


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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For Security Managers, career progression to an Information Security Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, an Information Security Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $103K annually. 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


Many Security Managers can be found at Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), AlliedBarton, and Universal Protections Services, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp — the median salary there is $78K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), and AlliedBarton, where earnings of $54K, $51K, or $48K are standard for Security Managers.

Other low-paying employers include Universal Protections Services at $42K and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. at $44K, though some Security Managers there earn up to $68K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Survey results imply that Security Managers put a diverse skill set to use. 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 57 percent, 26 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Most people skilled in Security Policies and Procedures are similarly competent in 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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Security Managers bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 55 percent, Security Managers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+45 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Security Managers in Orlando make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Las Vegas and Boston (14 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries


Security Intrusion Detection
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Customer Service
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Operations Management
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People Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 375 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
20%
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%