Security Manager Salary

With just under two-thirds of Security Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $112K per year and averages out to $65K annually. 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. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Security Managers (85 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Security Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,717 - $113,410
$40K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,618
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$12.34 - $29.13
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$17
$29
MEDIAN: $17.43
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$0$113K
Salary $39,717 - $113,410
Bonus $0.00 - $14,658
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,205
Commission $0.00
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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$34,492 - $111,984
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,279
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $12.34 - $29.13
Hourly Tips $0.44
Overtime $17.09 - $46.31
Annual Data $0$111K
Bonus $0.00 - $14,658
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,205
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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$34,492 - $111,984
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 275

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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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It's not very common for Security Managers to move on to become Information Security Managers. Average pay for an Information Security Manager is $106K annually. The most common next step for a Security Manager is to become a Physical Security Director or a Security Director. The former position pays an additional $3K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Security Managers, G4S Security Services, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., AlliedBarton, Universal Protections Services, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are leading firms in the industry. Amazon.com Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $87K. Also paying near the top of the field are United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at $78K, Lockheed Martin Corp at $72K, and U.S. Army, where Security Managers annually earn $67K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Universal Protections Services, where the median salary is a mere $42K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include US Security Associates, Inc. at $42K, and G4S Security Services where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Security Managers there earn up to $68K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Security Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 65 percent, 40 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Training as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Security Intrusion Detection also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Security Policies and Procedures also know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Manager

Pay by Experience for a Security Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 498 salaries. An experienced Security Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 641 salaries. A Security Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 360 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,316

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Security Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 63 percent above the national average. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+62 percent), San Diego (+50 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and New York (+24 percent). Compared to the national average, Las Vegas Security Managers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Miami and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Security Manager

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries

▲16%

▲8%

National Average
$60,000

▼8%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
▲65%



Customer Service
▲8%

Safety Compliance
▲8%


National Average
$60,000

Security Policies and Procedures
▼2%



Security Intrusion Detection
▼7%

People Management
▼20%

Training
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 231 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 19%
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