Average CASP salary [updated 2021]

December 16, 2020 by Yassine Aboukir

CASP salary data

The current cybersecurity landscape requires specialized and validated skills to proactively mitigate future security threats. Certifications like the CASP provide credibility when it comes to demonstrating job competencies to employers, and can unlock advanced opportunities in the IT world.

What is the CASP certification?

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification covers topics related to advanced IT security. It is a vendor-neutral, internationally recognized credential. While there is no required prerequisite, the CASP certification is intended to follow Security+, or equivalent experience, and has a technical, hands-on focus at the enterprise level.

With the rise of global information security threats, organizations are eager to hire certified individuals with mastery-level cybersecurity skills. The CASP credential validates these skills.

What is the average CASP holder salary?

Pay for CASP holders can vary widely based on location, experience, job title and even gender. Interestingly, female CASP holders generally earn more than their male counterparts. While only 12% of CASP holders are female, and they earn an annual salary ranging from $58,526 to $115,032. Male CASP holders earn $51,619 to $97,520 each year.

What is the average CASP salary by city?

Pay for CASP holders can vary significantly based on location. Pay for CASP holders in San Diego tops the list ($62,819 – $123,126), followed by salaries for those in Washington, D.C. Salary data for additional cities is reported below.

Average CASP Salary by City

City Salary
Washington, D.C. $73,700 – $122,829
San Diego, CA $62,819 – $123,126
Norfolk, VA $74,369 – $94,819
Augusta, GA $55,000 – $76,000
San Antonio, TX $45,130 – $86,476


What is the average CASP salary by experience?

As expected, CASP holders with more experience typically earn the most. Regardless, CASP-certified professionals benefit from competitive salaries throughout their careers. Pay by experience level is reported in the table below.

Average CASP Salary by Experience

Years of Experience Salary
Less than 1 year $70,000
1-4 years $84,901
5-9 years $90,077
10-19 years $96,253
20 years or more $104,122


What is the Average CASP Salary by Job Role?

Here’s a look at the job titles with the highest average salary. You can see in the table below cyber security engineers ($99,834) and system engineers ($105,481) have the highest earning potential.

Average CASP Salary by Job Role

Job title Average Salary
Cyber security analyst $96,598
Cyber security engineer $99,834
Systems engineer (computer networking / IT) $105,481
Information assurance analyst $79,707


What are the benefits of becoming CASP certified?

CompTIA lists five key benefits to becoming CASP certified:

  1. Instant demand: The CASP validates the mastery-level cybersecurity skills that are in high-demand across all industries.
  2. Global recognition: CASP credentials are applicable everywhere around the world.
  3. Vendor neutrality: CASP professionals receive training on many different types of software and hardware.
  4. Government approved: CompTIA’s CASP certification meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements. It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).
  5. Industry supported: The CASP certification is developed, maintained and supported by industry experts.

How can I become CASP certified?

The CASP certification is an internationally targeted validation of advanced-level security skills and knowledge. Infosec’s CASP Boot Camp provides the industry’s most comprehensive approach to CompTIA CASP certification. Accelerated and taught in five days, this in-depth course will help you certify the skills required to conceptualize, design and engineer secure solutions across complex enterprise environments.


Posted: December 16, 2020
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Yassine Aboukir
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Yassine ABOUKIR (@yassineaboukir) is a security analyst at HackerOne by day, ethical hacker by night, actively participating in bug bounty programs. Acknowledged and rewarded by numerous companies including but not limited to Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter etc. for his various responsible security disclosures. He is reachable at: &

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