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December 22, 2004
Pay Rising in the Security Profession
The median salary for security professionals in the United States rose 8.3 percent from 2002 to 2003, according to new survey results from a professional association.

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Security professionals employed by publicly traded companies and who were managing facilities in more than one country saw the greatest increase, reports the association, ASIS International.

The sectors that saw salaries rise the fastest were entertainment, hospitality, and gaming.

ASIS, which offers professional certification, said the survey results prove that certifications enhance earnings. Certified Protection Professionals (CPP) earned a median of $80,000, 11 percent more than the overall median for respondents ($73,000), ASIS reported. More than a quarter of those surveyed either had a CPP designation from ASIS, or were working on attaining it. Four percent held the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation, and six percent held certifications from other professional sources.

ASIS reported receiving a total of 3,861 valid responses to the survey. Of those, 1,771 supplied both their 2002 and 2003 salaries for direct comparison.

The survey also asked respondents whether their security budgets were up, down, or about the same from the prior year. One-third said budgets were up. Almost half of respondents (45 percent) reported that their security budgets had remained the same from 2002 to 2003, and 22 percent said theirs had decreased. Nearly 40 percent of respondents worked for companies with gross revenues of more than $500 million.

ASIS has more than 33,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, it is "dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests."

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