Information at a Glance

This survey is the authoritative resource for compensation, salary, benefits, and job satisfaction data on security-cleared professionals.

Influential Reach

Our compensation survey data has been cited in RFPs, academic research, and Congressional testimonies. 


Nearly 21,000 security-cleared professionals responded to the 2014 Security Clearance Compensation Survey making it our largest one yet.

Downward Pressure:
Flat is the New Up

Sequester, furloughs, budget cuts, and the government shutdown created a drama-filled year.

With this year’s budget firm, the job market has stabilized to start 2014. When asked for a description of the current job market for professionals with active, federal security clearance, America’s hiring managers and recruiters said “fairly robust,” “above average,” “very, very stable,” and still has an “abundance of open jobs.”

Constant Talent Need:
Cybersecurity / Technologists

The national unemployment rate for technology professionals is 2.9 percent in February, as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The government and its contractors have a pressing need for tech talent, including most acutely cybersecurity professionals. The rub: so does every other industry.

Quality vs. Quantity:
Security Cleared Process

Improvements in wait times to obtain a final clearance have grounded to a near halt according to survey respondents.

Effective February 24, 2014 only federal employees will be conducting the final quality evaluation before the investigative product is sent to the agency for review and adjudication.


Take a closer look at compensation summaries for top security-cleared markets.