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How Much Does a Cyber Security Specialist Earn In The United States?

Cyber Security Specialist Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
$69,000
$91,000
$120,000
Cyber security specialists in the United States make an average salary of $91,757 per year or $44.11 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $69,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $120,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Massachusetts provide the highest cyber security specialist salaries.
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Where Cyber Security Specialists Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where cyber security specialists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Cyber Security Specialists Earn In Different Cities?

While a cyber security specialist can average a salary of $91,757 per year, or $44.11 per hour, there are many opportunities for cyber security specialists to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $126,763 per year. Other high-paying locations include Baltimore, MD, New York, NY and Concord, CA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $85,000. The highest paying states for cyber security specialists include Maryland, New Jersey and New York. Meanwhile, Louisiana, Tennessee, and South Carolina offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Washington, DC

Salary Range102k - 156k$127k$126,763

Baltimore, MD

Salary Range94k - 143k$117k$116,509

New York, NY

Salary Range90k - 137k$111k$111,385

Concord, CA

Salary Range88k - 134k$109k$108,873

Boston, MA

Salary Range89k - 131k$108k$108,317

Raleigh, NC

Salary Range80k - 121k$98k$98,482

Arlington, VA

Salary Range75k - 114k$93k$93,331

Eugene, OR

Salary Range75k - 114k$93k$92,927

Bremerton, WA

Salary Range75k - 113k$92k$92,464

San Antonio, TX

Salary Range74k - 114k$92k$92,256
$64k
$156k

High Paying Cyber Security Specialist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Cyber Security Specialists The Most?

To earn a high income as a cyber security specialist, working for BMO Capital Markets or ATI Architects + Engineers might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Gryphon Technologies and Nokia report highly competitive salaries for cyber security specialists.
Company
Company
Average Salary
BMO Capital Markets
Salary Range123k - 158k$140k$139,956
ATI Architects + Engineers
Salary Range120k - 141k$130k$130,409
Gryphon Technologies
Salary Range118k - 140k$129k$128,931
Nokia
Salary Range113k - 133k$123k$123,016
Northrop Grumman
Salary Range102k - 128k$115k$114,595
Boeing
Salary Range101k - 127k$113k$113,453
Pearson
Salary Range101k - 124k$112k$112,203
Raytheon Company
Salary Range97k - 124k$110k$110,252
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Salary Range102k - 115k$109k$108,844
Leidos
Salary Range96k - 123k$109k$108,703
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    How Much Do Cyber Security Specialists Make In Different Industries?

    Industry
    Average Salary

    Energy

    Salary Range98k - 132k$114k$114,293

    Professional

    Salary Range90k - 113k$101k$101,378

    Utilities

    Salary Range85k - 106k$95k$95,411

    Technology

    Salary Range83k - 108k$95k$95,335

    Government

    Salary Range83k - 107k$95k$94,700

    Transportation

    Salary Range80k - 100k$90k$89,778
    $80k
    $132k

    How Experience Affects Cyber Security Specialist Salaries

    The salary for a cyber security specialist can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    $125,001
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    Boone, CO
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    $50,000
    $50,000
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    Cyber Security Specialist, Senior
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    Reston, VA
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    $91,000
    $91,000
    12/22/2020
    Cyber Security Specialist, Senior
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    Austin, TX
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    12/22/2020
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    $91,000
    $91,000
    12/22/2020
    Security Specialist-Acso (FBI Only) Cyber Division, Chantilly, VA GS
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    Chantilly, VA
    Chantilly, VA
    11/18/2020
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    $102,663
    $102,663
    11/18/2020
    Management Decisions, Inc.
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    Identity and Auth Protocol Specialist/Cyber Security Start Up/Remote/160K
    Identity and Auth Protocol Specialist/Cyber Security Start Up/Remote/160K
    Boston, MA
    Boston, MA
    11/05/2020
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    $160,000
    $160,000
    11/05/2020
    Latitude, Inc.
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    Cyber Security Policy Specialist (Secret Clearance Required)
    Cyber Security Policy Specialist (Secret Clearance Required)
    Cyber Security Policy Specialist (Secret Clearance Required)
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    10/23/2020
    10/23/2020
    $90,000
    $90,000
    10/23/2020
    Latitude, Inc.
    Latitude, Inc.
    Senior Cyber Security Specialist (Clearance Required)
    Senior Cyber Security Specialist (Clearance Required)
    Senior Cyber Security Specialist (Clearance Required)
    Madison, AL
    Madison, AL
    08/16/2020
    08/16/2020
    $100,000
    $100,000
    08/16/2020
    Security Specialist (FBI Only) Cyber Division, GS 11, Washington D.C.
    Security Specialist (FBI Only) Cyber Division, GS 11, Washington D.C.
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    06/27/2020
    06/27/2020
    $72,030
    $72,030
    06/27/2020
    The Staffing Resource Group, Inc.
    The Staffing Resource Group, Inc.
    Cyber Forescout Specialist
    Cyber Forescout Specialist
    Cyber Forescout Specialist
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    06/23/2020
    06/23/2020
    $140,000
    $140,000
    06/23/2020