Average Penetration Tester Salary

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The average salary for a Penetration Tester is AU$91,335.
MEDIAN AU$91,335
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AU$56k - AU$125k
AU$102 - AU$20k
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AU$51k - AU$128k

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Job Description for Penetration Tester

Penetration Tester Tasks
  • Conduct IT/Cyber Security assessments / penetration tests (hands-on work), as an individual, self-managed tester, or in small project teams.
  • Work with customers to determine their need for security assessments, present and explain the employed methodology, and support them with feedback and verification during mitigation.
  • Document findings for management and technical staff and recommend mitigating actions.
  • Follow industry best practice methodologies for penetration testing, and be able to use tools for a basis level assessment.
  • Search for security vulnerabilities in web applications, fat/thin client applications, and standard applications, and assess the secure configuration of operating systems and network devices.

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Popular Skills for Penetration Tester

Skills in Security Testing and Auditing and Cyber Security are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include IT Security & Infrastructure, Web Security & Encryption and Penetration Testing.

Pay by Experience Level for Penetration Tester

An entry-level Penetration Tester with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$73,698 based on 17 salaries. An early career Penetration Tester with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$91,335 based on 37 salaries. A mid-career Penetration Tester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$118,644 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Penetration Tester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$90,000 based on 7 salaries.
Employees with Penetration Tester in their job title in Melbourne, Victoria earn an average of 6.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Sydney, New South Wales (5.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Brisbane, Queensland (15.1% less) and Perth, Western Australia (8.0% less).

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