$72,599
Avg. Salary
$23.01
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,820

Bonus

$4,913

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Penetration Tester is $23.01 per hour.

The median Penetration Tester has a base pay of $72,599. Salaries generally range from $49k to $107k. The median bonus is $4,820. Skills that can affect salary include Security Testing and Auditing, Web Security & Encryption, Network Security Management, Computer Security.
$12.59
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$23.01
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$50.93
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MEDIAN $23.01
$49k
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90%
MEDIAN $72,599
$48,792 - $107,315
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MEDIAN: $72,599
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$0$112K
Salary $48,792 - $107,315
Bonus $771 - $11,836
Profit Sharing $10.14 - $25,253
Total Pay (?
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$42,989 - $112,304
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 472
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $12.59 - $50.93
Overtime $12.13 - $56.22
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $771 - $11,836
Profit Sharing $10.14 - $25,253
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$42,989 - $112,304
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 51

Job Description for Penetration Tester

The integrity of internal systems connected with the wider Internet is crucial to the operations of many organizations, from financial institutions to health care companies to government agencies. Organizations often employ cybersecurity experts to help protect their vital systems from malicious attacks. One of the basic tasks that must be accomplished to secure a system is to find where vulnerabilities exist. The penetration tester uses a wide variety of tools (some of which may be self-constructed) to probe the organization's network, attempting to find any areas which are vulnerable to attack and identifying methods by which attackers could exploit security flaws. Penetration testers also seek out and ameliorate passive threats to network integrity, such as poor password policies and user security practices.

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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.

Penetration Tester Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

-30%

National Average: $73,017

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Penetration Testers, 23 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Penetration Testers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+4 percent). Entry-Level Penetration Testers in Salt Lake City earn salaries far below the national average by 41 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (35 percent lower) and New York (30 percent lower).

Key Stats for Penetration Tester

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
16%

Skills That Affect Penetration Tester Salaries



Network Security Management
▲3%

Computer Security
▲2%

National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 10%