How Much Can I Make with a CompTIA Security+ Certification?
IT security offers countless paths to fulfilling jobs and rewarding pay – you determine the direction and, ultimately, how much money you can earn with CompTIA Security+. Not everyone has the same reason for getting certified. In general, you can apply your CompTIA Security+ certification in the following ways:
- Attract the attention of employers with an endorsement of your skills that is respected globally and industry wide.
- Position yourself as a top candidate for entry-level cybersecurity positions.
- Confirm to yourself that you've mastered the latest skills and concepts that act as the foundation of a career in cybersecurity.
In all scenarios, CompTIA Security+ can serve as a springboard for cybersecurity careers, ensuring security professionals are better prepared to solve a wide variety of issues when securing and defending networks in today's complicated business computing landscape.
Jobs That Require or Benefit from a CompTIA Security+ Certification
Planning the entry-level point for your cybersecurity career, as well as your aspirations and how much work you’re willing to put into growing your career, have great impact on how much you can make in any job, and security is no exception. Here are a few common job titles that use CompTIA Security+:
- Systems administrator
- Security administrator
- Security specialist
- Security engineer
- Network administrator
- Junior IT auditor/penetration tester
- Security consultant
The job roles covered by CompTIA Security+ are categorized under network and computer systems administrators by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of jobs in this category is expected to grow by more than six percent by 2026. The median pay in 2017 was $81,100.
The Reality of Mean Salary Percentiles
When researching salaries and aiming your career at specific job titles, remember that you may see a range of salaries for one particular job because some companies and geographies will pay more than others. Companies that pay more may also demand more, in terms of experience or responsibilities. The result is a range of possible salaries for any particular job title and the reality of mean salary percentiles.
Let’s look at the systems administrator as an example. While the above median salary gives you a sense of where the majority of salaries fall, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also gives percentiles that show the highest and lowest salaries for that job title:
- Systems administrator 90th percentile $130,200
- Systems administrator 75th percentile $104,460
- Systems administrator 50th percentile $81,100
- Systems administrator 25th percentile $63,020
Ready for a Career in Security?
CompTIA now offers a number of exam training options for CompTIA Security+ to fit your particular learning style and schedule, many of which may be used in combination with each other as you prepare for your exam.
There’s a wealth of information to take you from deciding if CompTIA Security+ is right for you, all the way to taking your exam. We’re with you every step of the way!