Payscale for Microsoft security researcher position

SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
Mar 8 20 Comments

Cleared the interview for Security Researcher II. Got the initial offer of base 127k-135k + stocks and signing bonus. This is just the initial figure that the recruiter hinted at. I am still trying to research more on this payscale but currently i feel this is a low offer. Thoughts?

Current base pay - 147k
No stock options.

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  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    I negotiated for 155 and they came back with a 150 offer. But i wont be taking the offer as i will need to relocate to Seattle which I am not prepared for at the moment. I was fine otherwise.
    Oh well... I got to experience the process and learned a few things for my next.
    Mar 12 4
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      UEDr32

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      You should have already had that conversation with the hiring manager up front. Don't wait for an offer to spring it.
      Mar 14
    • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
      OP
      I thought the same and told the manager upfront about this before the interview. He suggested to have the interview first and then discuss about the possibility of working remote.
      I was fine with it as i wanted to go through the interview experience.
      Mar 14
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      UEDr32

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      Well that's fair, then. As a manager I'm always upfront about the requirement to relocate for InfoSec jobs. Half the candidates still pretend it is okay then ask about remote work when we try to make an offer. Which from my perspective, is extremely annoying.
      Mar 14
    • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
      OP
      True, i completely understand the scenario you mentioned and for that reason i was clear about my unwillingness to relocate from the start. Maybe they thought i might change my mind later, not sure. But no harm done.. I got to learn a thing or two.
      Mar 14
  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Ill put 155k on the table and see how it goes.
    Mar 8 2
    • Microsoft zPbXzD601
      Keep us posted, OP. Good luck
      Mar 8
    • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
      OP
      Sure thing.
      Mar 8
  • Microsoft fkMS48
    I think a salary around 150k is reasonable, which means probably around 15k cash bonus and 15k stock in a avg year
    Mar 8 0
  • Nvidia ECTT56
    No stock is a deal breaker, they should know better than that. Try to negotiate a signing bonus too, if you push they might budge a little.

    The MS deal seems OK for SR II.
    May 8 0
  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    I believe its the defender team
    Mar 9 0
  • Microsoft PAJM61
    Which team in Microsoft?
    Mar 9 0
  • Microsoft PXzD60
    With 8 YEO, lower senior 63, I'd expect 150+ base with 100+ bonuses(stock+cash)
    Mar 8 0
  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    8 years in security. Whats a 63?im new on this forum sorry. Any thoughts on negotiation? I was about put a range of upwarda of 155k and then see where it goes. Is that too high?
    Mar 8 0
  • Microsoft fkMS48
    Best guess this is a 63, so low end of the SR band, how many YOE do you have
    Mar 8 0
  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    I dont have a lot of details Bout the different job profiles in msoft but this is based on what i saw getting into this profile and interacting with the folks at msoft.
    Mar 8 0
  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    Stock options 30k-70k and cash 20k-35k.

    Based on the profile its more towards malware research and building solutions towards detection and improving the protection capabilities, threat hunting, collab with other researchers on publishing facts about new threats.
    Mar 8 0
  • Microsoft fkMS48
    Whats the stock and signing bonus, and what does a sec researcher 2 do?
    Mar 8 0
  • SonicWALL / IT XkRu84
    OP
    Seattle but i will be asking if they are okay with remote in SanFrancisco. Thats a discussion i will have directly with the hiring manager so havent brought it up yet with the recruiter.
    Mar 8 0
  • Microsoft PXzD60
    Where's the job located?
    Mar 8 0

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