08-19-2005, 06:18 PM
| | Re: pay rate
> I recently got a job offer from cali to work as a security consultant
> at 37 bucks an hour.
> I am NSA/NSTSSI Certified as an infosec professional(4011) and a
> Designated approving authority(4012), now called an Authorizing
> I also have my Bachelors in computer security and a bachelors in comp
> The Pay rate for a security pro varies depending on what area you are
> in..it's proportional to the cost of living like most every other job.
> The more certifications you have..the more your value goes up.
> MCSE:Security, Security+, GIAC are a few good ones to have but if you
> want 6 figures, you're going to want to shoot for CISSP
While certs certainly help get your foot in the door, they aren't a
requirement for a higher rate. My typical rate as a prime is $125/hour
and my sub rate varies depending on who the prime is and what my duties
will include, but it averages between $75 and $100.
...and I don't have a CISSP, GIAC, MSCE, or a degree. I have experience
and references. Those certs don't mean that the person knows everything
they shold, either. I know a CISSP who didn't know that gre was protocol
47 - he thought is was PORT 47 and was wondering why the VPN wasn't
connecting. Just goes to show that certs don't equal experience, but a
balance of both is ideal.