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Q: Salary for someone with a DoD security clearance ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Salary for someone with a DoD security clearance
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: playboislim-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 06 Sep 2005 10:39 PDT
Expires: 06 Oct 2005 10:39 PDT
Question ID: 564836
I have a DoD security clearance.  Since I'm not sure what salaries
look like for cleared professionals I was wondering where I could go
on and/or off line to research the salaries of cleared professionals. 
Particularly in the technology sector.  I've found several sites but
none of them factor in a security clearance.
Subject: Re: Salary for someone with a DoD security clearance
Answered By: maniac-ga on 06 Sep 2005 18:15 PDT
Hello Playboislim,

You don't indicate the type of clearance nor discipline (nor would I
suggest you do so) but the base salary varies by discipline and the
premium for a clearance varies by the difficulty getting that
clearance. A few sites listing the types of salaries / premium

$5,000 to $15,000 premium in salary

$80,000 to $100,000 salary for a "Vulnerability Assessor" with 5 years
experience in IT security.
  (original link says the job was filled - no longer available - the
google cache has a copy)

Business 2.0 article (March 2005) indicating up to $150,000 salaries
with an entry level position at $60,000.,17863,1040104,00.html

A senior technical specialist from the Washington Post (Minimum
Salary: 70,000 Maximum Salary: 120,000 Security Clearance: CI Poly
ACTIVE TOP SECRET) - original reference is gone, a short term
reference is at

Another reference indicating the premium of salary of 10% to 20%
(though there are other factors it lists as well)

You may also want to check out references like this "salary calculator" at
described at
and describes the security premium at
which has ranges based on percentages of base salary (about 10% but
varies by type of clearance and location in the US)

You can search for more examples with phrases like
  top secret clearance salary
  security clearance premium

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