Security Manager Salary

With just under two-thirds 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 $60K annually and can range from $33K on the lower end to $107K per year near the higher end. In the world of Security Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $33K and $107K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $9K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. The vast majority of Security Managers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Security Managers. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,872 - $109,396
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$37K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,492
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$11.59 - $27.47
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$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$36,872 - $109,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,614  
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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$32,547 - $107,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,538
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $27.47  
   
Overtime
$12.62 - $42.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,614  
   
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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$32,547 - $107,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Security Managers move into roles as Information Security Managers, where pay is an average $104K per year. Physical Security Directors or Security Directors are common next-step roles for Security Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Physical Security Directors is $6K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Security Directors.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Security Managers include Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), AlliedBarton, and Universal Protections Services. Lockheed Martin Corp leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $78K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), and AlliedBarton, where earnings of $54K, $54K, or $48K are standard for Security Managers.

With a reported median salary of only $39K, US Security Associates, Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 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 $48K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Security Managers there earn up to $69K.

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 Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 78 percent, 69 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Training. 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.


For Security Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. Security Managers see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $66K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Security Managers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+46 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Security Managers in Salt Lake City earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Las Vegas (23 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
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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 336 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 19%
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