Security Careers

Security Careers

Skills, Compensation, and Career Paths

3rd Edition - January 13, 2014

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  • Authors: Stephen Walker, James Foushée
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128001998
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128001042

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The third edition of Security Careers is the authoritative reference for current job descriptions and pay practices of security, compliance, and ethics occupations. The job descriptions and compensation ranges in this report are drawn from research from the Foushée Group, which has been conducting this research since 1980. Security Careers includes more than 75 job descriptions for security-related positions, which range from the entry-level security guard to the top global corporate executive. It also provides four years of compensation trend data to give a thorough understanding of competitive pay practices across the industry. This book can be used by anyone who manages security personnel or by security professionals who want to develop their careers. Security Careers is a part of Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio, a collection of real world solutions and "how-to" guidelines that equip executives, practitioners, and educators with proven information for successful security and risk management programs.

Key Features

  • Fills the need for solid information based on accurate job descriptions and surveys of industry compensation professionals
  • Created for hands-on use: readers may use the job descriptions in their own hiring and staffing plans
  • Sheds light on compensation practices and shows security executives how to influence them


Security professionals, for help defining their roles, responsibilities, value, and career path opportunities; security or business managers, for staff planning to fill existing or new positions and to validate pay structures; career counselors in the military and law enforcement fields; and human resources and compensation departments

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

    About the Authors


    Chapter 1. Helping the Industry Help Itself

    Chapter 2. The Role and Responsibilities of the Security Leader

    Compare yourself against the security leader of the future

    The history of the security role and a shift in the skills required

    Chapter 3. Managing Compensation

    Compensation philosophy of the organization

    Definition of wage and salary programs

    Components of compensation

    The role of the compensation group

    Base wage and salary programs

    Compensation surveys

    Compensation survey participation

    Survey statistics

    Defining a “Benchmark Compensation Survey”

    Overview of a wage and salary grade structure

    Broadbanding grade structure

    Managing without a grade structure

    Determining the salary compa-ratio

    Managing changes in employee job responsibilities

    Planning and developing your compensation budget

    Chapter 4. Security Job Descriptions

    Preparing a job description

    Top global security executive

    Second level global security executive

    Top security executive, international

    Senior regional manager, international security

    Regional manager, international security

    Manager, international investigation

    Top security executive, domestic

    Senior manager, threat analysis

    Senior threat analyst IV

    Senior manager, protective services (headquarters)

    Senior protective services agent IV

    Protective services agent III

    Protective services agent II

    Protective services agent I

    Director, computer, network and information security

    Manager, computer and information security

    Senior computer and information security specialist IV

    Computer and information security specialist III

    Computer and information security specialist II

    Computer and information security specialist I

    Manager, network security

    Senior network security specialist IV

    Network security specialist III

    Network security specialist II

    Network security specialist I

    Manager, domestic investigation

    Supervisor, domestic investigation

    Senior investigator IV

    Investigator III

    Investigator II

    Investigator I

    Senior regional manager, domestic security

    Regional manager, domestic security

    Manager, business unit security

    Senior business unit security manager IV

    Business unit security manager III

    Business unit security manager II

    Business unit security manager I

    Manager, emergency preparedness/disaster recovery

    Senior emergency preparedness specialist IV

    Emergency preparedness specialist III

    Senior nuclear accountability specialist IV

    Nuclear accountabilities specialist III

    Senior manager, product protection security

    Manager, product protection security

    Senior product protection security specialist IV

    Product protection security specialist III

    Product protection security specialist II

    Product protection security specialist I

    Security clearance specialist II

    Physical security systems specialist III

    Physical security systems specialist II

    Senior manager, product protection programs

    Manager, corporate security programs

    Manager, security systems and training

    Senior security training and awareness specialist IV

    Security training and awareness specialist III

    Manager, classified security projects

    Senior classified security specialist IV

    Classified security specialist III

    Manager, protective forces, armed/unarmed

    Officer in charge, protective forces, armed

    Security officer 3, armed

    Security officer 2, armed

    Security officer 1, armed

    Manager, physical security, unarmed

    Supervisor, physical security, unarmed

    Security guard 3, unarmed

    Security guard 2, unarmed

    Security guard 1, unarmed

    Console operators

    Top compliance and ethics executive (senior compliance/ethics officer—global)

    Corporate manager, compliance and ethics (domestic only)

    Manager, regulatory compliance

    Business unit manager, compliance and ethics

    Senior compliance and ethics specialist

    Compliance and ethics specialist

    Chapter 5. Position Compensation Trends

    Compensation trend charts

    Chapter 6. Career Resources


    Trade Publications

    Job Listing Sites for Security and Law Enforcement Professionals


    About Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2014
  • Published: January 13, 2014
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128001998
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128001042

About the Authors

Stephen Walker

Mr. Walker is the senior partner of the Foushée Group, Inc. He has more than 18 years of experience in the management consulting field. He specializes in incentive plan design and implementation, salary and wage administration program development, and compensation survey design and development.

In the field of compensation, Mr. Walker has managed projects in a variety of industries including high technology, engineering services, information systems, national laboratories, pharmaceutical, energy, and venture capital. He has worked with senior management to review and develop compensation programs that are designed to serve the business objectives and management philosophies unique to each organization.

Mr. Walker holds a BS in business administration, and is a former Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He is a frequent lecturer to professional and business groups, author, faculty member for the Security Executive Council, and is a member of a variety of human resources and compensation organizations. In 2009, Mr. Walker was voted one of the most influential people in security by Security magazine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Subject matter expert faculty, Security Executive Council; senior partner of the Foushée Group, Inc.

James Foushée

Mr. Foushée has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting profession. Currently, he is the managing director of the Foushée Group, Inc., which he founded in 1980 to provide consulting services in all aspects of compensation program design and in organization analysis, planning, and structuring. The firm serves a wide variety of high technology manufacturing, transportation, retail/wholesale, and financial services companies. Client companies range from start-up and emerging firms to Fortune 500 corporations.

For the past 30 years, the firm's staff has focused its efforts in the research of pay practices of environmental, health, safety, security, ethics, and business conduct occupations. Their experience in this endeavor has provided them with a unique expertise to produce America’s only comprehensive studies of compensation practices in the environmental, health and safety, and security and compliance fields.

Mr. Foushée holds graduate degrees in business management and psychology. He is a frequent lecturer to professional and business groups and is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founder and managing director of the Foushée Group, Inc.

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