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National Security Compensation Sees a Significant Increase

March 13, 2023


In December, Congress passed a record defense budget of $858 billion. Budgets aren’t the only thing on the increase, however – national security compensation is seeing a significant uptick, as employers vie for a limited pool of talent to work critical support functions, particularly in tech and cyber.

According to the results of the 2023 Security Clearance Compensation Report, average total compensation for national security workers with an active federal security clearance is $108,611, a 7% increase from the prior year. Over half of the cleared workforce today earns more than six figures, with some management positions in national security earning average salaries over $150,000.

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