Average Entry-Level Penetration Tester Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Penetration Tester is $66,889.
MEDIAN $66,889
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$49k - $89k
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$3k - $5k
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$42k - $95k

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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 Security Testing and Auditing, Penetration Testing, Cyber Security, Network Security Management and Web Security & Encryption are correlated to pay that is above average.

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 $76,729 based on 372 salaries. A mid-career Penetration Tester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,022 based on 176 salaries. An experienced Penetration Tester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $117,578 based on 101 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $108,650.

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