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Security Manager Salary

Security Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $60K per year, but may range from $32K to $106K per year. In the world of Security Managers, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $106K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and experience level. Job satisfaction for Security Managers is high. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Security Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,678 - $106,791
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$37K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $59,597
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$11.56 - $27.58
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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
$36,678 - $106,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,583  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,350  
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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$32,433 - $105,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,518
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $27.58  
   
Overtime
$12.57 - $41.16  
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 - $14,583  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,350  
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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$32,433 - $105,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344

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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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Security Managers who transition into an Information Security Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $104K per year. Typical career progression for a Security Manager involves becoming a Physical Security Director or a Security Director, roles that pay $7K more and $13K more on average.

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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. Security Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Lockheed Martin Corp, where the average salary comes to $78K. Allied Barton Security Services Inc., U.S. Air Force (USAF), and AlliedBarton are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Security Managers earning around $54K, $51K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.

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 suggest that Security Managers put a wide range of professional skills 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 66 percent, 25 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Training. Most people experienced in 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Security Managers, 57 percent higher than the national average. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+45 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Security Managers in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Philadelphia and 11 percent less in Las Vegas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries


Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 25%

Customer Service
up arrow 17%


Team Leadership
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Security Policies and Procedures
0%

Operations Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Training
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 360 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 20%