August 17, 2021

Average Entry Level Cyber Salary: How Much Can I Earn in My First Cyber Security Role?

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Average Entry Level Cyber Salary: How much can I earn in my first cyber security role?

One of the many attractive elements about starting a career in cyber security is the high earning potential.

Although it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact average cyber security salary in the UK, various sources place it at around the £50k – £60k mark. This would be representative of a mid-level cyber position. Whilst this is useful for those who are new to cyber to keep in mind for the future, what is the average entry level cyber salary in the UK? Read on to find out…

What kind of starting salary can someone expect for an entry level cyber role?

We asked Gary Billings, CAPSLOCK’s very own Head of Careers, for his thoughts:

When looking at the UK’s cyber security industry as a whole, you can find entry-level cyber security salaries ranging from around £25,000 to around £30,000, depending on the role. This is the typical range, but we have seen CAPSLOCK learners go on to earn £40,000+ in their first roles. Employers are more inclined to pay higher salaries to those who have transferable skills which relate to the type of roles that they are applying for within the industry. There is a huge diversity of entry-level cyber security jobs out there, and once you get your foot in the door there’s a lot of scope for rapid career progression.

As a former cyber security recruitment consultant, Gary is able to offer CAPSLOCK learners expert career guidance and interview preparation. He is also developing an ever-growing network of cyber security employer partners who are keen to hire CAPSLOCK talent.

Wondering if a cyber security career is right for you? Check out our free Cyber Security Career Guide.

What’s the average starting salary for a CAPSLOCK learner?

As of spring 2022, over 120 CAPSLOCK learners have already been hired into their first cyber role.

Before joining the CAPSLOCK cyber bootcamp, their average salary was £19,908.

Now, after being hired into their first cyber roles, their average salary is £33,207.

Data collected Feb 2022

That’s a 66.8% increase in salary, on average. It’s incredible to see how drastically someone’s earning potential can improve when switching careers to cyber security.

At CAPSLOCK, we’re combining the transferable skills people already have from other sectors with our ground-breaking curriculum and dedicated careers support, mentoring and coaching.

What’s the highest first salary a CAPSLOCK learner has attained?

Currently, the highest salary attained by one of our learners in their first cyber role is £73,000.

Regardless of your prior work and life experience, it is entirely possible to land a high-paying first job in cyber. With the right support and education, you can re-skill into a cyber security professional. With your existing transferable skillset, the CAPSLOCK careers team can help you find and prepare for exciting new roles.

Who is hiring CAPSLOCK learners?

Our incredible learners have been landing jobs with a diverse range of employers, including some of the UK’s largest and most well-known companies such as the BBC, Dyson and ITV. Here’s just a small selection of businesses who have offered CAPSLOCK learners their first roles in cyber security:

The combination of our holistic curriculum and careers-outcome focus is unlocking the type of cyber talent that is in such high demand in the industry. The feedback from those interviewing and hiring our learners has been outstanding.

Clearly, the UK has a large untapped pool of potential cyber talent in its general workforce. By allowing people from all backgrounds to retrain in cyber security, we are bringing fresh faces into the industry, all of whom have a wealth of transferable skills from other sectors.

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