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
Security professionals employed by publicly traded companies and who were managing
facilities in more than one country saw the greatest increase, reports the association,
The sectors that saw salaries rise the fastest were entertainment, hospitality,
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
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."