Average Ethical Hacker Salary

$85,000
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$4,913
Bonus
$7,500
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The average salary for an Ethical Hacker is $85,000.
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$52k
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$85k
90%
$145k
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What Do Ethical Hackers Do?

Ethical Hacker Tasks
  • Penetrate networks or computer systems to find and fix computer security vulnerabilities.
  • Perform application analysis, reverse engineering, malware analysis, protocol analysis, and debugging.

Job Satisfaction for Ethical Hacker

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What Are Popular Skills for Ethical Hackers?

Skills in Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Computer Security, Penetration Testing and Cyber Security.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Ethical Hackers?

An entry-level Ethical Hacker with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $68,784 based on 8 salaries. An early career Ethical Hacker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 25 salaries. A mid-career Ethical Hacker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 12 salaries. An experienced Ethical Hacker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 7 salaries.
Employees with Ethical Hacker in their job title in Dallas, Texas earn an average of 1.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (1.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in San Antonio, Texas (29.4% less), Washington, District of Columbia (18.8% less) and Los Angeles, California (5.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 52 survey responses.
Entry Level
15.4%
Early Career
48.1%
Mid Career
23.1%
Experienced
13.5%