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What is the salary of a IT Security Specialist?

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E’s Answer

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In my experience when looking to hire security expertise, it is one of the most sought after and most secure positions no matter what the business cycle. If you are good at what you do (like in any field), my colleagues who are "experts in their field" consult in the Silicon Valley and can make up to $600k a year, but starting out is a little harder because many school programs don't teach security. It's something you need to actively pursue and learn on your own and go find internships that will give you that experience. But if it's something you are really passionate about (cuz it's really cool), you can do things like ethical hacking (where companies will teach and pay you to hack into their systems as part of your daily job, etc). Good luck! It is a really fun field to pursue if it's what you're interested in.
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Ken’s Answer

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This really depends on a number of factors, but one thing about the IT industry overall is that titles are vague and somewhat misleading. An IT Security Specialist at one company may be called an IT Security Analyst at another or an IT Security Engineer / Architect at yet another. That being said, Zip Recruiter shows that the National average for Cyber Security Salaries based on 2019 data is a little over 107,000/year. The range goes from a little over $40,000 to over $300,000 annually. However, Glassdoor shows the national average for IT Security Salaries at just under $80,000 per year, ranging from $58,000 to $106,0000. Indeed specifically claims the an IT Security Specialist averages around $112,000 annually. So take these numbers with a grain of salt and remember that titles aren't always indicative of actual responsibilities or salaries.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • Look at sites such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Zip Recruiter, and Indeed. Their numbers will vary but you may get a better picture by comparing as many sources as you can.
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Nalin’s Answer

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Security is great space to be in at the moment as we shift into a new technology dimension and will pay really well. What a typical security specialist will earn, depends on a few factors- the prior experience and skills you have in this space, where you are looking for a job (company and location matter too) and how you present the value you can add during an interview. Hope this helps and good luck!
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