Security Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $63K annually, but may range from $33K to $112K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $15K, total cash payment to Security Managers can bottom out at $33K or peak near $112K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Security Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Security Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 87 percent to be exact. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,790 - $112,635
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MEDIAN: $63,080
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$11.40 - $29.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$38,790 - $112,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,830  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,456  
Commission
$0.00  
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$33,265 - $111,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,236
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Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $29.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.85  
Overtime
$16.19 - $45.21  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,830  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,456  
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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$33,265 - $111,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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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Security Managers sometimes assume positions such as Information Security Managers. That role pays $106K per year on average. 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 $4K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


Dominating the field, G4S Security Services, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., Universal Protections Services, AlliedBarton, and U.S. Army are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Security Managers. Those at Amazon.com Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $87K. Security Managers will also find cushy salaries at Lockheed Martin Corp (+$72K), U.S. Army (+$67K), and U.S. Air Force (USAF) (+$66K).

With a median salary of only $42K (less than half of the top paying company's rate), Universal Protections Services lags significantly in the earnings department. Workers at G4S Security Services, US Security Associates, Inc., and Allied Barton Security Services Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $42K, $43K, and $46K respectively.

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 68 percent, 48 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those listing Training as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Team Leadership also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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 many Security Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. 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 $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,280

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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Managers, 62 percent above the national average. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+61 percent), San Francisco (+51 percent), Seattle (+35 percent), and Boston (+27 percent). In Las Vegas, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Charlotte (16 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$59,000



Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
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Customer Service
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Safety Compliance
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$59,000

Operations Management
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Security Intrusion Detection
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People Management
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Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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