Security Manager Salary

Security Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly three in five of Security Managers. Salaries average out to around $64K per year and spread from $34K to $111K per year. Final cash compensation to Security Managers varies from around $34K to approximately $111K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $14K and $16K, respectively. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Security Managers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Security Managers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,856 - $111,949
$39K
$64K
$110K
MEDIAN: $63,783
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$11.76 - $28.58
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MEDIAN: $16.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,856 - $111,949  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,396  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$33,599 - $110,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.76 - $28.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$16.46 - $44.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,396  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,547  
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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$33,599 - $110,746  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 256

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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

  • Create and implement security standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Supervise security staff.
  • Plan and coordinate security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests or others.

Common Career Paths for Security Manager


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Security Managers sometimes assume positions such as Information Security Managers. That role pays $106K per year on average. The most common next step for a Security Manager is to become a Physical Security Director or a Security Director. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $11K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Security Managers, G4S Security Services, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., AlliedBarton, Universal Protections Services, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are leading firms in the industry. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amazon.com Inc offers the most; Security Managers earn $87K on average there. Also paying near the top of the field are United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at $78K, Lockheed Martin Corp at $72K, and U.S. Army, where Security Managers annually earn $67K.

Universal Protections Services lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($42K). Other low-paying employers include US Security Associates, Inc. at $42K and G4S Security Services at $42K, though some Security Managers there earn up to $68K.

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 Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 67 percent, 42 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Training as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Security Intrusion Detection also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Security Policies and Procedures also tend to know Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Manager

Pay by Experience for a Security Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 498 salaries. An experienced Security Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 641 salaries. A Security Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 360 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,620

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Security Managers, 65 percent higher than the national average. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+64 percent), San Diego (+52 percent), Boston (+27 percent), and New York (+26 percent). The lowest-paying market is Las Vegas, which sits 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (15 percent lower) and Denver (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Security Manager

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries

▲17%

▲9%

National Average
$60,000

▼7%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
▲67%



Customer Service
▲9%

Safety Compliance
▲9%


Security Policies and Procedures
▼0%

National Average
$60,000



Security Intrusion Detection
▼6%

People Management
▼19%

Training
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 19%