Average Entry-Level Penetration Tester Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Penetration Tester is $66,965.
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$42k - $96k

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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.

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Popular Skills for Penetration Tester

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

Pay by Experience Level for Penetration Tester

An early career Penetration Tester with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $77,199 based on 358 salaries. A mid-career Penetration Tester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $102,648 based on 163 salaries. An experienced Penetration Tester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $116,747 based on 102 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,686.

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