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 $60K annually and spread from $33K to $107K per year. Total cash compensation to Security Managers bottoms out near $33K and approaches $107K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Security Managers are male. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Security Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,894 - $109,449
(Median)
$37K
$60K
$110K
MEDIAN: $60,497
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90%

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$11.59 - $27.48
(Median)
$12
$17
$27
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
$36,894 - $109,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,609  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,871  
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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$32,647 - $107,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,533
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $27.48  
   
Overtime
$12.67 - $41.99  
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 - $14,609  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,871  
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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$32,647 - $107,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 348
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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 some Security Managers move into positions like Information Security Manager (where the average salary is $104K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Security Manager is to become a Physical Security Director or a Security Director. Compared to Security Managers, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $12K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Security Managers fill the offices of leading firms 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. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries at Allied Barton Security Services Inc. (+$54K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) (+$54K), and AlliedBarton (+$48K).

With a median salary of only $39K (less than half of the top paying company's rate), US Security Associates, Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department. 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


Survey results imply that Security Managers deploy a deep pool 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, 68 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Training. 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.


For Security Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $53K. Security Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Security Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $66K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Managers, 51 percent above the national average. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+47 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Security Manager's salary, with Salt Lake City Security Managers earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. Employers in Orlando and Las Vegas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (23 percent lower and 10 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
up arrow 16%



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 337 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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 19%
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