Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Be Careful Where You Gather Job Search Data



Security Jobs Continue to Arrive

Lots of Security Jobs are coming my way.  Most of what is coming my way would qualify as information security jobscyber security jobs, Security Awareness jobs and Global Compliance jobs.  I'll soon write up a Sr. Manager, Information Security Compliance job that will land in my Security Recruiter Blog very soon.  If the candidate I deliver is strong enough, they could end up landing a Director, Information Security Compliance job.

Network Security Architect, Heavy Cisco Skills

I just started recruiting on a Network Security Architect search for an outstanding hiring manager in a Fortune 150 client in Phoenix, AZ.  As I began to recruit to fill this job late last week, I ran across salary data that quickly caught my attention.

I wish I could cut and paste the chart that PayScale provided for my Network Security Architect job but the chart wouldn't copy and paste.  Based on the job title and I assume based on the zip code where the job is located, here is what a popular website suggested my client's job would look like from a compensation standpoint.

The PayScale raw data suggests this:

Base Compensation
25th Percentile                   $64,738.00
50th Percentile                   $74,010.00
75th Percentile                   $84,581.00

Bonus
25th Percentile                   $1,395.00
50th Percentile                   $2,738.00
75th Percentile                   $4,928.00

Total Compensation
25th Percentile                   $67,423.00
50th Percentile                   $76,879.00
75th Percentile                   $88,048.00

The Real compensation for my client’s Network Security Architect job with heavy Cisco networking background is a base salary up to $120,000.00+ with bonus that can go as high as 100% of base salary.  

I kind of like my client's numbers better than PayScale's numbers.  What do you think?

I’ve never turned to PayScale before and based on the huge discrepancy between what PayScale reports and what I know to be factual, I don’t think I’ll visit or recommend this resource in the future.

Why am I sharing this data?  

Because as a job seeker, you need to be very careful when you base your ideas on what you think are facts.  

I work with companies all the time that base their compensation on compensation surveys they spend a lot of money to obtain.  These compensation survey numbers are frequently not accurate.

I’m not an expert at much but in the security space, I know what compensation needs to be for particular roles in specific locations more often than I don't.  

All you have to do to find out is ask me.

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