Average Penetration Tester Salary

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

The average salary for a Penetration Tester is $92,759 in 2023

Base Salary
$61k - $139k
$2k - $15k
Profit Sharing
$984 - $17k
Total Pay
$59k - $146k
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What Do Penetration Testers Do?

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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How do Penetration Testers Rate Their Jobs?

4 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
Based on 37 responses, the job of Penetration Tester has received a job satisfaction rating of 4.03 out of 5. On average, Penetration Testers are highly satisfied with their job.

FAQs About Penetration Testers

What is the highest pay for Penetration Testers?

Our data indicates that the highest pay for a Penetration Tester is $139k / year

What is the lowest pay for Penetration Testers?

Our data indicates that the lowest pay for a Penetration Tester is $61k / year

How can Penetration Testers increase their salary?

Increasing your pay as a Penetration Tester is possible in different ways. Change of employer: Consider a career move to a new employer that is willing to pay higher for your skills. Level of Education: Gaining advanced degrees may allow this role to increase their income potential and qualify for promotions. Managing Experience: If you are a Penetration Tester that oversees more junior Penetration Testers, this experience can increase the likelihood to earn more.