Security Engineer Salary

Commissions form a big slice (more than a third) of total compensation for Security Engineers. The median income in this area hovers around $88K. Total cash compensation to Security Engineers ranges from $56K on the lower end to $130K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Security Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$58,036 - $125,580
$58K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,940
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50%
90%

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$17.64 - $62.80
$18
$35
$63
MEDIAN: $34.78
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$0$131K
Salary $58,036 - $125,580
Bonus $993 - $17,198
Profit Sharing $196 - $15,020
Commission $20,000
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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$56,343 - $131,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,858
Hourly Data $0$76
Hourly Rate $17.64 - $62.80
Hourly Tips $10.53
Overtime $1.47 - $76.85
Annual Data $0$131K
Bonus $993 - $17,198
Commission $20,000
Profit Sharing $196 - $15,020
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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$56,343 - $131,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Feb 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 136

Job Description for Security Engineer

Security engineers are responsible for developing effective computing solutions to increase the security of their company's systems and projects. They are in charge of creating new ways to solve existing production security issues and must possess an advanced understanding of intrusion detection and prevention protocols. One of their main responsibilities is to handle technical problems dealing with applications and production equipment. These individuals possess exceptional incident-response skills, and a high understanding of computer forensics. They assess current workflows to determine possible future issues. As a result, they work with other engineers and professionals to deploy new strategies to contain and mitigate production problems.

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Security Engineer Tasks

  • Configure and set up firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
  • Respond to network intrusions and be familiar with performing forensic investigation.
  • Test new or upgraded hardware and software and implement new technologies.
  • Create test plans which will allow for a proper evaluation of security issues for new hardware and software.
  • Identify security solutions and implement a multi-layered defense to protect the networks.

Security Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$123K

$81,779

Raytheon Co.
6 profiles
$89,250

$98,500

Common Career Paths for Security Engineer


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As Security Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as IT Security Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. IT Security Architects earn $117K on average per year.

Security Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Security Engineer


Security Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Computer Security, Software Development, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Security Information and Event Management, Systems Engineering, and Network Management / Administration. Most people who know Security Intrusion Detection also know Network Security Management and Security Policies and Procedures. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in Security Policies and Procedures and Network Security Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Security Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 586 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 398 salaries. An experienced Security Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 264 salaries. A Security Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 65 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,307

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

For Security Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Vienna. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and St. Louis (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Security Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Security Engineer?

Security Engineer in Wisconsin Rapids:
"Cooperate culture, flexibility, good supervisor."
Pros: I like that my supervisor works with me and trusts my judgment on regular basis. And the company works with me for my pto.
Cons: The corporate environment from the change of ownership has created a bit of hostility between offices and between coworkers.

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Key Stats for Security Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Security Engineer Salaries

▲24%

▲23%

▲8%

National Average
$89,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Security Engineer Salaries



Software Development
▲3%








National Average
$89,000



Network Management / Administration
▼8%

Systems Engineering
▼11%

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 221 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 8%