Security Careers

3rd Edition

Skills, Compensation, and Career Paths

Print ISBN: 9780128001042
eBook ISBN: 9780128001998
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 17th January 2014
Page Count: 224
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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


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 special


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"...quite detailed in the illustration of the various positions within the industry and is businesslike in its narrative on these jobs."--Security Management, Security Careers

"... so welcome as a source, whether you are approaching security management as a second career after the military; someone already in corporate security asked for advice or looking to mentor or put something back into the industry; or for corporations looking to hire..." -- Professional Security Magazine Online,August 22,2014