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The average salary for a Network Security Engineer is $85,913.
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What Do Network Security Engineers Do?

Network Security Engineer Tasks
  • Maintain firewall, virtual private network, web, and email security programs, protocols, and security.
  • Maintain physical and code environment to protect servers, switches, and entire information technology (IT) system while balancing overall load.
  • Monitor and log security concerns and incidents, and generate reports and track performance.

Job Satisfaction for Network Security Engineer

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Highly Satisfied
The top respondents for the job title Network Security Engineer are from the companies DataComm Networks, Cisco Systems Inc and Alutiiq, Llc.. Reported salaries are highest at Lockheed Martin Corp where the average pay is $114,882. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Alutiiq, Llc. and Verizon Business Inc., earning around $109,544 and $99,990, respectively. DataComm Networks pays the lowest at around $60,000. Hobart Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $64,468 and $77,500, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Network Security Engineers?

Skills in IT Security & Infrastructure, Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Security Intrusion Detection and Cisco Networking.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Network Security Engineers?

An entry-level Network Security Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $66,180 based on 30 salaries. An early career Network Security Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $76,026 based on 314 salaries. A mid-career Network Security Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,864 based on 255 salaries. An experienced Network Security Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,772 based on 201 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $113,112.
Employees with Network Security Engineer in their job title in Denver, Colorado earn an average of 16.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Washington, District of Columbia (13.9% more) and Chicago, Illinois (11.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Tampa, Florida (27.4% less), San Antonio, Texas (5.8% less) and Dallas, Texas (4.4% less).

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