ASIS survey: Salaries up 3 percent for security pros in 2011

According to the results of a new survey conducted by ASIS International, average compensation for salaried security professionals rose for the fifth straight year in 2011. The “U.S. Security Salary Survey” found that the median compensation for security professionals in the U.S. increased 3 percent from 2010 to $96,000.

The survey also found that respondents who had a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification, which is administered by ASIS, reported receiving an average compensation of $122,000, nearly 10 percent higher than the survey population at large. Those with no certification reported an average compensation of $105,000 and a median salary of $86,000.

Among the survey’s other findings include:

- 51 percent of this year’s respondents are top-level security professionals at their organization. This group earns an average salary of $122,000, a full 22 percent higher than for those at lower levels.

- Although federal government and law enforcement employees saw a modest 2 percent increase over 2010, respondents reported the highest mean salary of any sector at $119,000, and an average of $117,000.

- 31 percent of respondents hold a master’s degree and report a median compensation of $107,000 and an average of $125,000.

- Those charged with security of a single facility earn an average of $84,000. Those responsible for multiple locations/facilities within a single state earn $90.000. The average compensation for interstate facility security management is $112,000, and those with direct security operations for international companies earn an average of $162,000.

- The top three sectors in regard to average compensation are national resources and mining at $151,000; construction at $128,000; and, transportation and utilities at $131,000. Just 10 percent of respondents work in these sectors.

The survey will be available at next week’s ASIS 2011 conference in Orlando and online for $135 for ASIS members and $195 for non-members.