Salary Report

Information Technology Job

IT Security:
Threat Testing and
Data Protection

United States Location

Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill
USA Metropolitan Area

Competitive Position® Salary Report

Data Observed 10/1/20 to 9/30/21

Salary Average


Experience Requirement

3 Years

Raise +1 Year

$6,416 at 5.85%

User Funded :

Salary and Number of Jobs

Graph of succeeding salary information

About Salary and Jobs

Salary Range :

At required Experience of 3 Years: $109,628 is Salary average; 50% of Jobs pay between $93,157 & $126,099; and, 5% of Jobs top $150,221.

Number of Jobs :

Most Jobs are available closest to the Salary Average.

Fewer Jobs are available at Lower and Higher Salaries.

Salary End Points :

$26,400 = annual salary at $15 per hour working between: 44 weeks at 40 hours a week, to, 52 weeks at 34 hours a week.

$310,237 = annual salary for the highest paying IT Job in the highest paying US City at the Top 2.5% Experience and Top 2.5% Salary.

Job Market :

Job offers, publicly posted in want ads by employers, were observed and measured from 10/1/20 to 9/30/21.

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Top Salaries

Top Percentile of Job market Top Salary
2.5% $158,257
5% $150,221
10% $141,097
25% $126,099
33% $120,021
50% $109,628
Top Percentile of Job Market =

Number of Jobs Above the Top Salary
Number of all Jobs at 3 Years Experience.

Salary Range and Jobs

Percentage of Jobs within Salary Lows and Highs
Percent of Job Market Salary Range
Low Salary High Salary
10% $106,565 $112,690
25% $101,859 $117,396
33% $99,234 $120,021
50% $93,157 $126,099
67% $85,785 $133,470
95% $60,998 $158,257
Salary Average =


Mid Point between each Low/High pair.

Percent of Job Market =

Number of Jobs with Salary between Low/High pair
Number of all Jobs at 3 Years Experience.

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Salary and Experience

Graph of succeeding salary information

Salary ±1 Year

Experience Salary Average Raise +1 Year
2 Years $101,300 $8,328 at 8.22%
3 Years $109,628 $6,416 at 5.85%
4 Years $116,043 $5,219 at 4.50%

About Salary and Experience

Salary by Year :

Salary is lowest at entry level, increases rapidly with the first years of experience and approaches a ceiling as experience matures.

Salary and Experience Range :

Salary average rises with experience: $93,956 at the low experience of 1 Year and 4 Months; $125,320 at the average experience of 5 Years and 11 Months; and, $139,761 at the top experience of 10 Years and 6 Months.

Experience End Points :

0 = Entry Level.

15 Years and 5 Months = Top 2.5% Experience in the IT Job with the highest required experience in the USA.

Job Market :

Job offers, publicly posted in want ads by employers, were observed and measured from 10/1/20 to 9/30/21.

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Salary and Experience Range

95% of Jobs require Experience between the Low and Top



Security of information technology operations, with threat testing and data integrity protection, is the position's primary responsibility.


The qualifications of this information technology Job:
  • IT Security,
    Cybersecurity, Infosec or Information Technology (IT) Security;
  • Threat Testing,
    Ethical Hacker, Penetration Testing, Threat Testing, Vulnerability Testing, CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional), Kismet, Metasploit, Nessus, Nikto or Nmap;
  • Information Assurance,
    Data Leak, Data Loss, Data Protect, Data Recover, DLP or Information Assurance.


A+ Skills
Additional IT skills requested in some job descriptions:
Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree,
54.4% of job descriptions;
Security Clearance,
8.8% of job descriptions;
21.1% of job descriptions;
28.1% of job descriptions;
SQL (Structured Query Language),
29.8% of job descriptions;
7% of job descriptions;
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor),
57.9% of job descriptions;
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker),
45.6% of job descriptions;
GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials Certification),
43.9% of job descriptions;
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager),
49.1% of job descriptions;
Microsoft Azure,
10.5% of job descriptions;
AWS (Amazon Web Services),
14% of job descriptions.


Charlotte, NC

North Carolina,
Cabarrus, Charlotte, Concord, Gaston, Gastonia, Kannapolis, Lincoln, Lincolton, Mecklenburg, Monroe, Rowan, Salisbury and Union;
South Carolina,
Rock Hill and York.

These locations are all included in the Charlotte, NC metropolitan area as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).