What will it cost your company to hire a security expert?

The System Administration, Networking, and Security Institute (SANS) recently surveyed more than 7,000 administrators and found that more than 50 percent of the respondents received salaries in the $50,000 to $80,000 range.

As the graphic below shows, security consultants reported the highest salaries, with security auditors running a close second.

SANS salary survey averages for security personnel

The survey queried nearly equal numbers of NT administrators—which included Windows and Novell—and UNIX administrators, which included Linux. UNIX professionals reported a higher salary, $70,080, than Windows professionals, who averaged $61,233.

SANS also found that those with 20 or more years of experience earned approximately $16,000 more than the average, while those with a masters or Ph.D. reported earning $9,000 more than average. College graduates earned about $4,000 more than those without a degree.

SANS plans to publish details about the survey on its Web site, but will only make the complete survey data available to those who completed input forms and those who attend SANS training programs.
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