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

Security Specialist Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
$28,000
$49,000
$85,000
Security specialists in the United States make an average salary of $49,873 per year or $23.98 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level security specialist salary is roughly $28,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $85,000. If you like following the crowd, technology and finance companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out government, technology, and finance companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Maryland, Virginia, New York, and New Jersey provide the highest security specialist salaries.
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Where Security Specialists Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Security Specialists Earn In Different Cities?

While a security specialist can average a salary of $49,873 per year, or $23.98 per hour, there are many opportunities for security specialists to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $89,611 per year. Other high-paying locations include Arlington, VA, New York, NY and Houston, TX. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $48,000. The highest paying states for security specialists include Alaska, Maryland and Virginia. Meanwhile, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Washington, DC

Salary Range64k - 123k$90k$89,611

Arlington, VA

Salary Range60k - 114k$83k$83,262

New York, NY

Salary Range52k - 100k$72k$72,491

Houston, TX

Salary Range44k - 88k$63k$62,934

Chicago, IL

Salary Range46k - 84k$63k$62,731

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range44k - 85k$62k$61,986

Boston, MA

Salary Range45k - 82k$61k$61,016

Atlanta, GA

Salary Range43k - 83k$60k$59,853

Minneapolis, MN

Salary Range46k - 77k$60k$59,788

San Francisco, CA

Salary Range38k - 78k$55k$55,045
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High Paying Security Specialist Jobs

Which Companies Pay Security Specialists The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Northrop Grumman and Boeing as they offer the highest salaries for security specialists.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Northrop Grumman
Salary Range91k - 111k$101k$101,258
Boeing
Salary Range89k - 110k$100k$99,803
Collins Aerospace
Salary Range89k - 110k$99k$99,072
Raytheon Company
Salary Range85k - 108k$96k$96,231
Leidos
Salary Range84k - 106k$95k$94,736
Bonneville Power Administration
Salary Range84k - 102k$93k$93,116
General Electric
Salary Range81k - 104k$92k$92,122
IBM
Salary Range80k - 103k$91k$91,454
Nokia
Salary Range78k - 103k$90k$89,908
Accenture
Salary Range77k - 95k$86k$86,112
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$111k

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    How Experience Affects Security Specialist Salaries

    The salary for a 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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    Security Specialist-Grave Shift
    Boston, MA
    Boston, MA
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    $37,566
    $37,566
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    The Metopolitan Water District of Southern California
    The Metopolitan Water District of Southern California
    Associate Security Specialist
    Associate Security Specialist
    Associate Security Specialist
    La Verne, CA
    La Verne, CA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $95,272
    $95,272
    01/28/2021
    Security Specialist (Swings)-
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    Phoenix, AZ
    Phoenix, AZ
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $29,218
    $29,218
    01/28/2021
    Security Specialist (Temporary
    Security Specialist (Temporary
    Charleston, SC
    Charleston, SC
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $27,131
    $27,131
    01/28/2021
    Security Coordinator
    Security Coordinator
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $40,719
    $40,719
    01/27/2021
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Security Coordinator
    Security Coordinator
    Security Coordinator
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    01/27/2021
    01/27/2021
    $40,719
    $40,719
    01/27/2021
    Security Screening Specialist
    Security Screening Specialist
    Austin, TX
    Austin, TX
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $34,436
    $34,436
    01/26/2021
    Target Security Specialist
    Target Security Specialist
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $31,305
    $31,305
    01/26/2021
    Security Specialist
    Security Specialist
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $102,663
    $102,663
    01/26/2021
    Corporate Security Coordinator
    Corporate Security Coordinator
    Florham Park, NJ
    Florham Park, NJ
    01/25/2021
    01/25/2021
    $41,740
    $41,740
    01/25/2021