Security Specialist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$64,000
$42,000
Min 10%
$64,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Maryland
Average Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a security specialist make?
The national average salary for a Security Specialist in the United States is $64,696 per year or $31.1 per hour. The top 10 percent make over $97,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 per year. Retail companies and Technology companies tend to have the highest concentration of employment in this field. The best states for high paying Security Specialist jobs are Maryland, Hawaii, Virginia, Louisiana, and South Dakota. Most Security Specialists spend 3.3 years in the position.
Annual Salaries For Related Jobs
Security
$34,345

Average Security Specialist Salary By Location

Across America, Security Specialists make on average $64,696 annually or $31.1 hourly. Security Specialists make the most in Washington, DC at about $94,307 per year. The average entry-level salary in Washington, DC is $59,000. Maryland, Hawaii, Virginia, Louisiana, and South Dakota are the top 5 highest earning states for Security Specialists. Indiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Florida have the lowest reported salaries for Security Specialists.

Map of Security Specialist Salaries

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

Average Salary:

Average Security Specialist Salary By Company

Like every industry, there is a range of salaries a Security Specialist makes. Retail companies and Technology companies have the most job opportunities for Security Specialists. Microsoft and Valero Energy are the highest paying companies. Also, companies like Activision Blizzard and Citi pay their Security Specialists very well.
Company
Average Salary
$133,723
$134k
$116,801
$117k
$107,265
$107k

Average Security Specialist Pay By Industry

Security Specialist salaries can vary depending on the industry. Our analysis shows that Retail companies, Technology companies, and Finance companies pay higher-than-average wages for Security Specialists. Salaries for Security Specialists in Retail companies average $69,783 annually, while Technology companies and Finance companies pay $68,568 and $67,686, respectively. The types of companies that pay Security Specialists the least are in the Health Care industry, where the average annual salary is $55,296.
Industry
Average Salary
Retail
Retail
$69,783
$70k
Technology
Technology
$68,568
$69k
Finance
Finance
$67,686
$68k
Non Profits
Non Profits
$66,100
$66k
Government
Government
$60,428
$60k
Health Care
Health Care
$55,296
$55k

Security Specialist Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Security Specialist Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Security Specialist can range from $48,295 to $79,036 depending on the amount of work experience that the person has. Data on how experience level affects salary 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.

Recently Added Security Specialist Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
United States Courts
Supervisory Security Specialist (Branch Chief, Judiciary Security Division)
04/26/2020
$102,663
Supervisory Industrial Security Specialist
04/25/2020
$121,316
Security Specialist
04/25/2020
$102,663
Supervisory Security Specialist-CSO, GS 14 (FBI Only)
04/25/2020
$111,163
Uniformed Security Specialist
04/25/2020
$32,870
Uniformed Security Specialist
04/24/2020
$32,870
Technical Security Specialist (Nppc2173)
04/23/2020
$83,480
Institutional Security Specialist I
04/23/2020
$68,005
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
University Police Communications and Security Specialist 1, Sg-10-College of Environmental Science
04/22/2020
$38,429
Safety & Security Coordinator for Global Technology Campus
04/14/2020
$45,914
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