Average Penetration Tester Salary

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The average salary for a Penetration Tester is $82,257.
MEDIAN $82,257
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$54k - $132k
$968 - $18k
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$395 - $16k
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$50k - $137k

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Job Description for Penetration Tester

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Penetration Tester

The top respondents for the job title Penetration Tester are from the companies Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Paylocity. Reported salaries are highest at Acme, Inc. where the average pay is $109,927. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., earning around $102,510. Booz, Allen, and Hamilton pays the lowest at around $79,497. Paylocity also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $97,663.

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Popular Skills for Penetration Tester

Skills in Security Testing and Auditing, Web Security & Encryption, Penetration Testing and Cyber Security are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Penetration Tester

An entry-level Penetration Tester with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $66,889 based on 181 salaries. An early career Penetration Tester with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $76,729 based on 389 salaries. A mid-career Penetration Tester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,022 based on 207 salaries. An experienced Penetration Tester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $117,578 based on 106 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $108,650.
Employees with Penetration Tester in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 22.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (16.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (12.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in New York, New York (5.9% less), San Antonio, Texas (4.4% less) and Phoenix, Arizona (2.7% less).

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