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Penetration Tester salary in United States

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

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Health insurance

The average salary for a penetration tester is $120,151 per year in the United States. 296 salaries reported, updated at June 30, 2022.

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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. Morgan Stanley
    4723 reviews5 salaries reported
    $175,067per year
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Highest paying cities for Penetration Testers in United States

  1. Arlington, VA
    $140,907 per year
    11 salaries reported
  2. Alexandria, VA
    $136,042 per year
    33 salaries reported
  3. Washington, DC
    $133,068 per year
    38 salaries reported
  1. New York, NY
    $132,658 per year
    9 salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $127,304 per year
    12 salaries reported
  3. Phoenix, AZ
    $114,951 per year
    17 salaries reported
  1. San Francisco, CA
    $114,009 per year
    22 salaries reported
  2. Norfolk, VA
    $108,235 per year
    5 salaries reported
  3. Charlotte, NC
    $95,460 per year
    6 salaries reported
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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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