Privacy Engineer Salary – How Much Do Privacy Engineers Earn?

We looked at major hiring platforms to survey the salary range for privacy engineers. We found two types of job categories. These salary numbers are in USD and reflect salaries in the US only as of Dec 2020.

Privacy Engineer

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Implementation and maintenance of information security systems and processes
  • Third-party security and risk assessments
  • Risk-based technical security and compliance audits or assessments
  • Implementing based security and risk management standards e.g NIST
  • Requires security/privacy compliance knowledge and experience working with IT systems

Privacy engineer salary: $70,000 – $95,000


Privacy Software Engineer

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Implement privacy protections – including data discovery, authentication, logging, auditing, and alerting – on existing systems
  • Review customer data collected by engineering teams to identify privacy exposures and implement mitigation
  • Review how architecture impacts privacy and security
  • Deliver on privacy-enhancing infrastructure. Implement anonymization, randomization, differential privacy, etc.
  • Work with teams to build new features to protect user privacy
  • Requires programming experience and knowledge on privacy engineering techniques

Privacy software engineer salary: $145,000 – $230,000