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 $33K to $109K per year and averages out to $61K annually. Overall cash earnings for Security Managers stretch from $33K on the lower end to $109K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of Security Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Security Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 89 percent to be exact. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,516 - $111,297
(Median)
$39K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,985
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$11.38 - $28.46
(Median)
$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$38,516 - $111,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,711  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
Commission
$50.00  
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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$33,037 - $109,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $28.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$13.35 - $43.81  
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 - $14,711  
   
Commission
$50.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,033  
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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$33,037 - $109,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Information Security Managers. That role pays $105K per year on average. Security Managers most often move into positions as Physical Security Directors or Security Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Security Associates, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corp are among the top companies that take on many Security Managers. Although Lockheed Martin Corp boasts the highest average salary in town at $80K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $41K or as much as $131K. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at U.S. Army ($69K), Allied Barton Security Services Inc. ($54K), and U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($54K).

Considering that the median salary at US Security Associates, Inc. is a shallow $37K, 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 company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Universal Protections Services at $42K, and Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc. where $44K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Security Managers there earn up to $69K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Security Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 74 percent, 65 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Those listing Training and People Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Security Managers. 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 $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $67K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,154

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

For Security Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+48 percent), Seattle (+39 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Security Managers in Orlando earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers in Philadelphia and Las Vegas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
up arrow 74%


Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 22%

Customer Service
up arrow 14%



Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$57,000

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

Operations Management
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Training
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 322 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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