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How much does Ethical Hacking Pay

I was quite interested in the Cyber Security field of Ethical Hacking and I was wondering how much money they usually pay. it hacking cyber cyber-defense ethical-hacking

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Safi’s Answer

Hey Dawson,


Well, your pay depends on a number of factors. These include education, location, experience, industry, and certifications.


This career field can be a very profitable choice as long as you have passion for hacking and an understanding of IT. You also need to strive to keep continuing to expand your knowledge such as getting certifications like the CEH (certified ethical hacker). Some of these certifications are major keys to opening the doors for this career.


Don't expect to make 6 figures for an entry level Penetration Tester job. However, that opportunity is not far away. As long as you put in the work, you will be rewarded.


Check out the resource below for a great estimate for pay scale.


http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Certification=Certified_Ethical_Hacker_(CEH)/Salary

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Chad’s Answer

It really varies depending on your skillset and number of years experience on the job. Very seasoned ethical hacking (penetration testing) professionals can easily make over a six figure salary, but it usually takes a while to get there. At some of the companies here in the Colorado area, you can expect an entry level Penetration Testing job in the 60K-70K range. This usually requires a degree, some computer certifications, and a good foundational knowledge of ethical hacking as well.

Please visit the following link to get more details on average salary statistics: http://resources.infosecinstitute.com/certified-ethical-hacker-salary/
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Deron’s Answer

There are cases where ethical hackers have made a lot of money. At New Relic we use HackerOne to pay ethical hackers for finding security vulnerabilities on our web site. We paid over $5,000 for our highest report last year. I believe there are ethical hackers who have made over $100,000 some years. You can see statistics on HackerOne: https://www.hackerone.com. Here are some places where you can practice your ethical hacking skills: Webgoat,

Deron recommends the following next steps:

Watch the 80's movie: Hackers
Look at the companies who pay researchers on hackerone.com
Read the 'Rules' for ethical hacking on hackerone.com . (Each company has different rules)
Google search for some good easy vulnerabilities
Hack, have fun, be courteous, submit a report!
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Adam’s Answer

Dawson,

You should be able to find this with a Google search. I will say that compensation for cybersecurity jobs are usually at the top of the IT / Tech industry and among those, Red Teamers (Ethical Hackers) are towards the top of that list. If you are good at Ethical Hacking you will be able to make plenty of money and, even better, define your own hours in some cases.
Hi Adam, while this information is helpful, telling a student to "find this with a Google search" isn't something we encourage professionals to say on CareerVillage Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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