Average Personnel Security Specialist Salary

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The average salary for a Personnel Security Specialist is $61,749.
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Job Description for Personnel Security Specialist

Personnel Security Specialist Tasks
  • Review and analyze personnel backgrounds and history for clearance, violations, and/or risk assessments.
  • Conduct security trainings and evaluate staff processes and procedures for security risks.
  • Maintain and update security files.
  • Screen and evaluate candidates using data from the Electronic Questionnaires of Investigation Processing.
  • Recommend and make briefings about overall personnel and security as well as breaches and risks.

Job Satisfaction for Personnel Security Specialist

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Popular Employer Salaries for Personnel Security Specialist

The top respondents for the job title Personnel Security Specialist are from the companies Lockheed Martin Corp, Mantech International Corp. and PAE Government Services. Reported salaries are highest at Lockheed Martin Corp where the average pay is $64,506. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Boeing Company, earning around $62,000. PAE Government Services pays the lowest at around $59,398. Mantech International Corp. also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $60,652.

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Popular Skills for Personnel Security Specialist

Skills in Security Policies and Procedures and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Personnel Security Specialist

An entry-level Personnel Security Specialist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $51,705 based on 14 salaries. An early career Personnel Security Specialist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,940 based on 169 salaries. A mid-career Personnel Security Specialist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,185 based on 135 salaries. An experienced Personnel Security Specialist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $72,172 based on 126 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,951.
Employees with Personnel Security Specialist in their job title in Chantilly, Virginia earn an average of 48.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (17.3% more) and Washington, District of Columbia (10.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (27.1% less), Arlington, Virginia (5.3% less) and Alexandria, Virginia (0.1% less).

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