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Benchmarks In Compensation

By Mike Moran

The median compensation for security professionals working in the United States rose 5.9 percent in 2004, outpacing inflation. But the increase was less than the 8.3 percent rise of 2003. The news was far better for some segments of the profession, however. For example, heads of security departments who were already top earners—those scoring in the 90th percentile in salary—saw compensation rise 9.2 percent to $167,000, moving them even farther above the $75,000 median.

Security professionals at the lower end of the compensation scale also made gains relative to the median. For example, earners in the bottom ten percentile improved their total compensations 10.1 percent between 2003 and 2004, taking them to $44,000.

Factors that seemed most to influence compensation overall included the number of facilities for which a person had security responsibility, location, experience, and size of security budget. Company size and industry sector also played a role but were less influential factors.

These are among the findings that have emerged from an analysis of the 2005 ASIS U.S. Security Salary Survey. The results have been compiled from data provided by 2,205 ASIS members working in the United States. Respondents provided information on more than 20 factors related to compensation, including their business sector, job responsibilities, and qualifications. The complete data analysis is available in book form.

The following overview highlights the most significant conclusions by business sector and company configuration, including type, size, and revenue. It also looks at the earner’s profile, including experience, education, credentials, and job scope.

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