Security Manager Salary

Security Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under two-thirds of Security Managers. Salaries average out to around $61K annually and spread from $33K to $109K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Security Managers can bottom out near $33K or peak near $109K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Security Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are far more male Security Managers survey respondents than women, making up 89 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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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There are some Security Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Information Security Managers, where earnings are an average $105K 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 $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 top-notch employers for Security Managers in this area. Security Managers flock to Lockheed Martin Corp for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $80K lead the pack in compensation; however, Lockheed Martin Corp also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $41K at one end to $131K at the other end. Those in search of high salaries should also consider U.S. Army, Allied Barton Security Services Inc., and U.S. Air Force (USAF), top-paying firms where Security Managers rake in a comfortable $69K, $54K, or $54K, respectively.

US Security Associates, Inc. employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $37K, 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 wield many 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. Training and People Management, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Security Policies and Procedures also know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,154

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Managers, 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). Security Managers in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Philadelphia (16 percent lower) and Las Vegas (14 percent lower).

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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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