The average salary for Incident Responder ranges between $70,000 - $100,000 and for a Senior Incident Responder is between $90,000 - $ 180,000. The reason they get paid so much is that of the role they play. When incidents occur, they are the main people who stop the intrusion/vulnerability. They have to find how to stop it, find how to make the security better and find the root cause for it. Sometimes when incidents occur, they work on 3-4 24-hours shifts (36 - 48 hours straight). There are other roles of an Incident Responder. And hence, they get paid more.