The 20 highest-paying markets for cybersecurity engineers

IT security professionals are in high demand in most job markets, but some metropolitan areas are better than others when it comes to offering a top paycheck

highest-paying markets for cyber security engineers

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IT security professionals are in high demand in most job markets, but some metropolitan areas are better than others when it comes to offering a top paycheck. Randstat recently released its annual IT salary study, which looked at the top 45 highest-paying markets in 27 states. Following are the top 20 markets for cybersecurity engineers, based on the medium salary reported.

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Sacramento

Sacramento

$109,814 medium salary

Randstat looked at five salary markets in California, each of which scored in the top 20 nationally. Cybersecurity engineers did slightly better for pay than network security professionals (at $100,425 medium salary) and certified ethical hackers (at $97,850 medium salary).

Minneapolis/St. Paul

Minneapolis/St. Paul

$109,984 medium salary

The Twin Cities are known for cold weather but warm hearts, so it is fitting that Minneapolis and St. Paul would be among the top-paying places to work for cybersecurity engineers, with a medium salary of $109,984. Network security professionals earn significantly less (at $97,275 medium salary), but certified ethical hackers can earn $121,900.

Indianapolis

Indianapolis

$110,000 medium salary

Cybersecurity engineer is clearly the job you should aspire to if you want top dollar in IT security in Indianapolis. Salaries drop significantly to $87,550 for both network security professionals (medium salary cited) or certified ethnical hacker (also medium salary cited).

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

$110,759 medium salary

Texas natives claim everything is big in their state, and that applies to the medium salary for cybersecurity engineers. Certified ethical hackers and network security professionals do earn significantly less at $91,000 and $90,000, respectively, with medium salaries.

Chicago

Chicago

$110,889 medium salary

The Windy City places high value on cybersecurity engineers, with medium salaries coming in at over $110,000. Certified ethical hackers can earn a bit more ($112,270 medium salary), while network security professionals trail close behind ($105,000 medium salary).

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

$108,284 medium salary

North Carolina has put out the welcome mat for cybersecurity engineers, with medium salaries topping $110,000. Certified ethical hackers can do a bit better ($113,300 medium salary), while network security professionals have some catching up to do ($103,000 medium salary).

Denver
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Denver

$111,228 medium salary

Salaries for cybersecurity professionals are sky high in the Mile High City, at $111,228 medium salary. There is less demand for network security professionals (paid at $100,000 medium salary) and certified ethical hackers (at $92,700 medium salaries).

Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut

$112,815 medium salary

While cybersecurity engineers are certainly well paid at $112,815 medium salary, the real money goes to network security professionals and certified ethical hackers, both of which are earning $129,780 medium salaries.

Philadelphia
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Philadelphia

$112,951 medium salary

The City of Brotherly Love wants cybersecurity engineers to feel wanted and typically doles out nearly $113,000 in annual wages for that purpose. Network security professionals are only slightly behind ($108,150 medium salary), while certified ethical hackers earn more at $118,450 medium salary.

Dallas/Frisco, Texas

Dallas/Frisco, Texas

$113,696 medium salary

The Randstat study looked at four pay markets in Texas, three of which fell in the top 20 nationally (San Antonio was the exception). Cybersecurity professionals clearly make out the best here, at $113,696 medium salary. Salaries shoot up a bit for network security professionals ($115,875 medium salary) and significantly for certified ethical hackers ($126,175 medium salary).

Houston
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Houston

$114,389

Not to be outdone, cybersecurity engineers can go a bit better salarywise in Houston, where a medium salary is nearly $115,000. Pay rates do drop significantly for network security professionals ($90,000 medium salary) and certified ethical hackers ($100,000).

San Diego

San Diego

$115,795 medium salary

If you want top dollar in information security in Sacramento, the cybersecurity engineer job is definitely for you. Expect a significant drop in pay for a network security professional or certified ethical hacker job ($77,250 medium salary for both positions).

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Los Angeles

$117,589 medium salary

The City of Angels is a strong market for IT security professionals of all types. Cybersecurity engineers pull in $117,589 in medium salary, but both network security professionals and certified ethical hackers do a bit better ($123,600 medium salaries for both jobs).

Rockville, Maryland
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Rockville, Maryland

$119,509 medium salary

Cybersecurity engineers can earn nearly $120,000 medium salaries in Rockville. The pay is a bit less for network security professionals ($109,000 medium salary) and a bit less than that for certified ethical hackers ($103,000 medium salary).

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

$119,509 medium salary

It’s a similar story in Baltimore, where pay rates are the same for all three job titles: $119,509 medium salary for cybersecurity engineers, $109,000 medium salary for network security professionals, and $103,000 for certified ethnical hackers.

Seattle

Seattle

$120,565 medium salary

While cybersecurity engineers can pull in a very healthy pay rate ($120,565 medium salary), pay rates for network security professionals or certified ethical hackers fall significantly below that, both coming in at $96,099 medium salary.

District of Columbia

District of Columbia

$121,005 medium salary

The nation’s capital is a good place to be for a top paycheck in IT security. Cybersecurity engineers can earn over $120,000 in medium pay. But the real money can be had by certified ethical hackers, who can earn $141,070 in medium salary. Network security professionals come in at $92,700 medium salary.

Orange County, California

Orange County, California

$123,076 medium salary

One of the best overall job markets for IT security professionals is Orange County, where virtually any position earns near top dollar. Cybersecurity engineers are earning over $123,000 in medium salary. So are network security professionals and certified ethical hackers, both of which see $123,600 in medium salaries.

New York

New York

$122,843 medium salary

The Big Apple remains a top job market for IT security professionals. Cybersecurity professionals top $120,000 in medium salary, but certified ethical hackers and network security professionals fare even better, earning $129,780 and $133,385, respectively, in medium salary.

San Francisco/San Jose, California

San Francisco/San Jose, California

$129,931 medium salary

The best job market in the United States for cybersecurity engineers is Silicon Valley, where the medium salary for a cybersecurity engineer is nearly $130,000. Topping that are the salaries for network security professionals and certified ethical hackers, both of which can earn $131,325 in medium salaries.

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