Security professionals saw their overall compensation rise by 13 percent in
2002, according to survey results released by ASIS International, an organization
for security professionals.
The survey also found that the highest-paid security pros manage multiple
facilities for publicly owned global enterprises and work in the fields of information
technology, manufacturing, and retail.
Education is a major factor in determining pay, ASIS reports. With a four-year
degree, the average salary was $86,700; without that degree, the average salary
was more than $10,000 less, at $74,100. With a Master's or higher, a security
pro's average salary was $102,600.
Whether the security professional works at a publicly held or a privately owned
venture also makes a difference, the survey found. Managers working for public
companies earned $96,116, 11 percent more than their counterparts in private
companies, who earned $85,708.
Another major factor is personal development. Those holding the certified protection
professional (CPP) designation from ASIS earned 22 percent more on average ($98,332)
than those holding no certification ($80,485) in 2002, according to ASIS. However,
the disparity was most evident in private companies and those in the "other"
category. In private companies, CPPs earned $101,572, while their counterparts
with no certification earned $81,003.
The full survey results can be viewed on the website of the ASIS magazine Security
Management, at http://www.securitymanagement.com/library/001549.html