Average Penetration Tester Salary

Avg. Base Salary (USD)

The average salary for a Penetration Tester is $87,925

Base Salary
$59k - $132k
$2k - $15k
Profit Sharing
$715 - $20k
Total Pay
$55k - $140k
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What Do Penetration Testers Do?

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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How do Penetration Testers Rate Their Jobs?

4.2 out of 5
Highly Satisfied
Based on 51 responses, the job of Penetration Tester has received a job satisfaction rating of 4.17 out of 5. On average, Penetration Testers are highly satisfied with their job.