Computer Security Specialist Salary

Computer Security Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $74K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Computer Security Specialists (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Security Specialists. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$40,518 - $112,153
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$71K
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MEDIAN: $71,082
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$17.28 - $51.23
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$0$112K
Salary $40,518 - $112,153
Bonus $1,010 - $14,191
Profit Sharing $2,000
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$40,023 - $111,648
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 122
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $17.28 - $51.23
Overtime $32.00
Annual Data $0$111K
Bonus $1,010 - $14,191
Profit Sharing $2,000
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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$40,023 - $111,648
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Computer Security Specialist

Computer security specialists administer, monitor, and troubleshoot security systems for companies to ensure that they are working properly, and they may also administer updates to keep systems running smoothly. Periodic testing must be carried out on the many security components within a company, so knowledge of security products such as VPN, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems are essential to success in this job. End-user security products may also be installed by computer security specialists for employees of their companies.

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Computer Security Specialist Tasks

  • Analyze and define security requirements for local and wide area networks.
  • Update secure configurations by routinely reviewing vendor sites, bulletins, and notifications for security information.
  • Recertify application, platform, and server security periodically.
  • Provide technical advice on access control, security models, disaster recovery, business continuity planning, and security awareness training.
  • Plan, implement, monitor, and troubleshoot internal information technology security policies, application security, access control, and corporate data safeguards.

Common Career Paths for Computer Security Specialist


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It's not very common for Computer Security Specialists to move on to become IT Security Managers. Average pay for an IT Security Manager is $98K annually.

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Popular Skills for Computer Security Specialist


Computer Security Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Security Testing and Auditing, Security Risk Management, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Network Management / Administration, Microsoft Office, and Security Intrusion Detection. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to know Security Testing and Auditing and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Security Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Computer Security Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Computer Security Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 87 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Computer Security Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Computer Security Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 34 salaries. A Computer Security Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 11 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,613

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

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Computer Security Specialists in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computer Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+36 percent) and Washington (+25 percent). Computer Security Specialists in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 31 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Key Stats for Computer Security Specialist

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲42%

▲30%

▲29%

National Average
$71,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Computer Security Specialist Salaries

Computer Security
▲19%





National Average
$71,000

Security Maintenance
▼1%

Linux
▼5%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼7%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 16%
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