The best path: How to become an application security engineer

The best path: How to become an application security engineer

Author: Jennifer Zaino

The jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor puts the national average salary for an application security engineer at $98,040. That’s higher than what a tech pro could earn on average as an IT security analyst ($67,056), network engineer ($73,165), or developer ($75,441). In certain markets, the payoff for moving into an application security engineer career can rise even higher—in San Francisco, the average salary is $135,916.

You may have been thinking about how you can break into this hot area. Who wouldn’t find it exciting to hunt down application vulnerabilities before the bad guys do or gratifying to add value to a business by securing the software development lifecycle? What you’ve got to figure out is how to most efficiently position yourself to move into such a role from your current security or other IT job.

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Security Compass, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, enables organizations to shift left and build secure applications by design, integrated directly with existing DevSecOps tools and workflows. Its flagship product, SD Elements, allows organizations to balance the need to accelerate software time-to-market while managing risk by automating significant portions of proactive manual processes for security and compliance. SD Elements is the world’s first Balanced Development Automation platform. Security Compass is the trusted solution provider to leading financial and technology organizations, the U.S. Department of Defense, government agencies, and renowned global brands across multiple industries. The company is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in the U.S. and India. For more information, please visit