Security Manager Salary

With just under two-thirds of Security Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $34K to $112K per year and averages out to $65K annually. Overall cash earnings for Security Managers stretch from $34K on the lower end to $112K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $19K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Men account for the majority of Security Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction for Security Managers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,892 - $114,555
$40K
$65K
$110K
MEDIAN: $65,363
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$12.67 - $28.57
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MEDIAN: $17.77
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$0$114K
Salary $39,892 - $114,555
Bonus $0.00 - $15,045
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,050
Commission $0.00
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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$34,991 - $113,680
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,319
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $12.67 - $28.57
Hourly Tips $0.44
Overtime $18.05 - $43.71
Annual Data $0$113K
Bonus $0.00 - $15,045
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,050
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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$34,991 - $113,680
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 287

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Job Description for Security Manager

Security managers are employed in a range of industries, from retail to computer technology. Because the work can vary greatly, some employers require that applicants have a bachelor's degree in management, while others prefer work experience over education; this is a managerial position, so most employers require anywhere between three and ten years of experience.

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Security Manager Tasks

  • Create and implement security standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Supervise security staff.
  • Plan and coordinate security activities to safeguard company assets, employees, guests or others.

Common Career Paths for Security Manager


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There are some Security Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Information Security Managers, where earnings are an average $106K annually. It is quite typical for Security Managers to transition into roles as Physical Security Directors or Security Directors, where reported median earnings are $3K and $10K higher per year.

Security Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Security Manager


G4S Security Services, Securitas Security Services Usa, Inc., AlliedBarton, Universal Protections Services, and U.S. Air Force (USAF) are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Security Managers. Security Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Amazon.com Inc, where the average salary comes to $87K. United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and U.S. Army also offer top salaries for Security Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $78K, $72K, and $67K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at Universal Protections Services is a shallow $42K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying company's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include US Security Associates, Inc. at $42K, and G4S Security Services where $42K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Security Managers there earn up to $68K.

Popular Skills for Security Manager


Security Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with SAP Security, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 65 percent, 40 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Training as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Security Intrusion Detection also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Security Policies and Procedures tend to be well versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Security Manager

Pay by Experience for a Security Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Security Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 348 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Security Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 498 salaries. An experienced Security Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 641 salaries. A Security Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 360 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,680

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Security Managers, 63 percent above the national average. Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+62 percent), San Diego (+50 percent), Boston (+25 percent), and New York (+24 percent). Security Managers in Las Vegas earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (16 percent lower) and Denver (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Security Manager

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 257 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Security Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲7%

National Average
$61,000

▼8%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Security Manager Salaries

SAP Security
▲64%



Customer Service
▲7%

Safety Compliance
▲7%


National Average
$61,000

Security Policies and Procedures
▼2%



Security Intrusion Detection
▼8%

People Management
▼20%

Training
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 257 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 18%
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