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Penetration tester salary in United States

How much does a Penetration Tester make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $119,491
Low $83,148
High $171,719
Non-cash benefit
Health insurance

The average salary for a penetration tester is $119,491 per year in the United States. 205 salaries reported, updated at September 29, 2023

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Penetration Testers in United States

  1. Dexian DISYS
    382 reviews8 salaries reported
    $179,572per year
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Highest paying cities for Penetration Testers near United States

  1. Arlington, VA
    $138,348 per year
    16 salaries reported
  2. Austin, TX
    $129,179 per year
    36 salaries reported
  3. Dallas, TX
    $125,490 per year
    7 salaries reported
  1. Seattle, WA
    $122,807 per year
    32 salaries reported
  2. Washington, DC
    $120,331 per year
    22 salaries reported
  3. San Francisco, CA
    $120,303 per year
    29 salaries reported
  1. Los Angeles, CA
    $119,018 per year
    29 salaries reported
  2. Denver, CO
    $117,174 per year
    36 salaries reported
  3. Alexandria, VA
    $111,832 per year
    5 salaries reported
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Where can a Penetration Tester earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Penetration Testers

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Most common benefits for Penetration Testers

  • Health insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 6 ratings

83% of Penetration Testers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Application Security Engineer

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Information Security Analyst

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Common questions about salaries for a Penetration Tester

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