Average Penetration Tester Salary

$86,034
Avg. Base Salary (USD)
10%
$58k
MEDIAN
$86k
90%
$139k

The average salary for a Penetration Tester is $86,034

Base Salary
$58k - $139k
Bonus
$1k - $16k
Profit Sharing
$705 - $20k
Total Pay
$54k - $144k
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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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Job Satisfaction for Penetration Tester

4.1 out of 5
(60)
Highly Satisfied
8Reviews
Based on 60 responses, the job of Penetration Tester has received a job satisfaction rating of 4.07 out of 5. On average, Penetration Testers are highly satisfied with their job.

Gender Breakdown

Male
91.6%
Female
8.4%
This data is based on 273 survey responses. Learn more about the gender pay gap.

Common Health Benefits

Medical

86%

Dental

76%

Vision

70%

None

14%