Entry-Level Penetration Tester Salary

Average Entry-Level Penetration Testers make around $73K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Penetration Testers can bottom out near $43K or peak near $111K depending on individual performance. For the most part, Entry-Level Penetration Testers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,592 - $101,679
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MEDIAN: $72,781
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$10.07 - $51.52
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$0$109K
Salary $48,592 - $101,679
Bonus $197.97 - $11,693
Profit Sharing $776 - $25,760
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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$43,226 - $109,474
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 251
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $10.07 - $51.52
Overtime $25.03
Annual Data $0$109K
Bonus $197.97 - $11,693
Profit Sharing $776 - $25,760
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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$43,226 - $109,474
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 26

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Penetration Tester Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,455

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).

Penetration Tester Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Penetration Tester in Fort Washington:
"Hands On is A Must."
Practice as much as you can. Set aside time to practice new techniques every day.

Key Stats for Penetration Tester

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
16%
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Skills That Affect Penetration Tester Salaries



Network Security Management
▲2%

Computer Security
▲2%

National Average
$73,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 8%
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