What does a Security Manager do?

Security managers oversee asset protection for businesses and companies, from the protection of people and staff to the prevention of theft and inventory loss. These professionals develop and implement security standards and ensure that they are followed by all company staff. As a security manager, you might be in charge of managing a budget for security operations and hiring security staff. Work settings for security managers range from public organizations to privately run businesses, corporate and retail settings. Generally, security officers may work their way up to becoming security managers through experience and reputation within an organization. Security managers may someday decide to own their own security company.

A high school diploma or GED is generally required at minimum. College education is commonly preferred by employers, as is certification from security training programs. To succeed as a security manager, you must have excellent communication and organization skills to communicate with clients and manage security operations.

  • Identify and protect company assets through the development and implementation of security protocols
  • Make sure that staff follow security procedures and guidelines through training programs and assessments
  • Ensure the safety of staff and customers within the workplace
  • Perform security process evaluations and inspections
  • Prepare the organization and staff for external inspections
  • Manage the budget for security operations within an organization
  • Control security department spending
  • Hire and train security staff
  • Any security certifications required by the employing organization or company
  • Post-secondary training in security management is preferred by many organizations
  • Previous experience working as a security manager, security officer or other security-related job
  • Working knowledge of any required computer programs and security technology
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to monitor surveillance systems and respond to emergency situations
  • Excellent team-building and leadership skills
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Interest in protecting the people and assets within the organization or company

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
3%
2 - 4
21%
5 - 7
22%
8+
54%

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Intrusion Detection System
Lean Six Sigma
Operating Systems
Written Communication
Protocols
SharePoint
Cloud Computing

Security Manager Seniority Levels

L2
Security Manager
$73,525/yr
L4
Security Manager IV
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Information Security Engineer
33% made the transition
Security Consultant
14% made the transition
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Security Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$73,525 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$40K
Median: $74K
$135K
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