Updated August 22, 2022

Average Security Specialist Salary

$49,892yearly

$23.99 hourly

Entry level Salary
$25,000 yearly
$25,000
10 %
$49,892
Median
$98,000
90 %

How much does a Security Specialist make?

Security specialists make $49,892 per year on average, or $23.99 per hour, in the United States. Security specialists on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $25,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $98,000.

Location impacts how much a security specialist can expect to make. Security specialists make the most in New York, Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland, and Rhode Island.

Highest Paying States For Security Specialists

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

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Security Specialist average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1District of Columbia$92,308$44.38307
2New York$82,041$39.442,275
3Delaware$66,327$31.89288
4Virginia$78,427$37.711,616
5Connecticut$76,341$36.70579
6Pennsylvania$64,516$31.021,959
7Alaska$59,347$28.53204
8Maryland$76,131$36.60992
9Rhode Island$70,153$33.73190
10Illinois$57,608$27.702,470
11Massachusetts$68,324$32.851,447
12Texas$56,484$27.163,490
13New Jersey$61,995$29.811,317
14California$55,653$26.766,188
15North Carolina$54,596$26.251,470
16Wisconsin$52,157$25.08913
17Georgia$49,632$23.862,158
18Vermont$58,057$27.91110
19Louisiana$50,433$24.25535
20Alabama$46,072$22.15891
21New Hampshire$53,283$25.62252
22North Dakota$51,519$24.77137
23Washington$46,918$22.561,345
24Nevada$44,768$21.52404
25New Mexico$50,003$24.04304
26Maine$51,986$24.99170
27Missouri$49,949$24.01896
28Oklahoma$48,482$23.31468
29West Virginia$48,830$23.48221
30Arizona$43,246$20.791,241
31Wyoming$41,781$20.09115
32Ohio$48,101$23.131,511
33Michigan$49,434$23.771,018
34Indiana$44,665$21.471,069
35Minnesota$48,215$23.18974
36Kansas$45,299$21.78454
37Florida$38,570$18.543,422
38Mississippi$37,692$18.12393
39Tennessee$44,004$21.16823
40Colorado$41,149$19.781,000
41Hawaii$31,450$15.12257
42Montana$34,243$16.46209
43Arkansas$39,185$18.84406
44Nebraska$38,308$18.42361
45Iowa$36,849$17.72620
46Oregon$38,799$18.65680
47Idaho$35,573$17.10278
48South Dakota$40,161$19.31122
49Utah$37,709$18.13492
50Kentucky$36,496$17.55544
51South Carolina$38,302$18.41642

Highest Paying Cities For Security Specialists

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Washington, DC$93,095$44.76
2Arlington, VA$83,178$39.99
3New York, NY$82,292$39.56
4Boston, MA$68,070$32.73
5Philadelphia, PA$65,040$31.27
6Chicago, IL$58,321$28.04
7San Francisco, CA$58,183$27.97
8Austin, TX$57,414$27.60
9Raleigh, NC$56,523$27.17
10Portland, ME$53,769$25.85
11Saint Louis, MO$50,869$24.46
12Detroit, MI$50,100$24.09
13Atlanta, GA$49,671$23.88
14Minneapolis, MN$48,203$23.17
15Seattle, WA$47,176$22.68

Security Specialist Salary Details

Average Security Specialist Salary Graph
Average Security Specialist Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Security Specialist's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$98,000$8,167$47
75th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
Average$49,892$4,158$24
25th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16
10th Percentile$25,000$2,083$12

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Patrol Officer$35,621$2,968$17.13123,265
Enforcement Officer$38,446$3,204$18.4882,142
Protective Officer$40,529$3,377$19.49103,885
Public Safety Officer$36,596$3,050$17.59122,048
Community Services Officer$38,039$3,170$18.29181,257
Protection Security Officer$35,926$2,994$17.27122,427

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. U.S. Bank Jobs (58)
  2. IBM Jobs (57)
  3. Northrop Grumman Jobs (78)
  4. U.S. Department of State Jobs (65)
  5. Boeing Jobs (92)

Which Companies Pay Security Specialists The Most?

The highest paying companies for security specialists are Okta and Microsoft according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like McKinsey & Company Inc and Google report highly competitive wages for security specialists.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Okta$146,220$70.30
2Microsoft$130,227$62.6141
3McKinsey & Company Inc$129,950$62.48
4Google$128,661$61.8623
5Texas Instruments$120,834$58.091
6Citi$118,687$57.0679
7Morgan Stanley$116,160$55.8522
8ANSER$115,790$55.677
9Merrill Lynch$114,372$54.99
10JPMorgan Chase & Co.$112,710$54.1994
11Splunk$111,889$53.7964
12McAfee$111,690$53.702
13American Express$110,237$53.0086
14City National Bank$107,870$51.864
15Citrix$107,519$51.69
16Adobe$106,902$51.401
17Teradata$106,182$51.05
18Nokia$105,894$50.9111
19Palo Alto Networks$105,448$50.7041
20ConocoPhillips$104,799$50.382

Security Specialist Salary Trends

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.

Average Security Specialist Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Security Specialist Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$49,900$23.99+4.4%
    2021$47,700$22.93+4.0%
    2020$45,800$22.01+5.6%
    2019$43,200$20.78+4.2%
    2018$41,400$19.91+4.4%

    Recently Added Security Specialist Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    General DynamicsAdvanced Security Specialist (Cpso/FSO)Herndon, VA07/26/2022$105,000
    SpectrumSecurity Specialist I-Law Enforcement Response TeamDenver, CO07/26/2022$41,600
    Allied UniversalSecurity SpecialistRutland, VT07/26/2022$33,392
    Allied UniversalSecurity SpecialistChandler, AZ07/26/2022$34,436
    Job Listingsallied UniversalSecurity Professional-Screening SpecialistDickinson, ND07/26/2022$39,653
    General DynamicsProgram Security Specialist-Alternate Cpso/PersecBloomington, MN07/26/2022$70,500
    GardaworldEvening Security SpecialistNashville, TN07/25/2022$35,479
    Walnut LLCSecurity SpecialistLong Beach, CA07/25/2022$45,914
    Wegmans Food MarketsStore Security CoordinatorSyracuse, NY07/25/2022$52,175
    State of North CarolinaSafety and Security CoordinatorManteo, NC07/25/2022$31,200

    Security Specialist Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Security Specialists the most?

    New York pays Security Specialists the most in the United States, with an average salary of $92,308 per year, or $44.38 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Security Specialist?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Security Specialist if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in New York you should be paid close to $82,041 per year.

    What type of Security Specialist gets paid the most?

    Protection Specialist gets paid the most. Protection Specialist made a median salary of $76,307. The best-paid 10 percent make $96,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $60,000.

    How much does a Target security specialist get paid?

    A Target security specialist gets paid an average of $70,000 per year in the United States. The salary of a Target security specialist can vary greatly per state.

    In some states, a Target security specialist can make as little as $36,000 per year. Whereas, in some states, a Target security specialist can make over $100,000 per year.

    How much money does a security specialist make?

    A security specialist makes between $50,000 and $145,000 a year. How much money a security specialist makes specifically depends on which security specialist field you are in.

    A physical security specialist can make anywhere between $60,000 and just over $100,000 per year. The estimated entry-level physical security specialist salary is $40,000. The average salary is closer to $70,000 per year at mid-level, with higher-level physical security specialists making $90,000 to $100,000 per year.

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