Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Wages for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($140K) per year. Total cash earnings of Chief Information Security Officers range from $84K on the low end to $241K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $48K and $41K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Chief Information Security Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$83,724 - $201,557

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$83,724 - $201,557  
$900 - $48,203  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $41,217  
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$83,987 - $240,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349
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Job Description for Chief Information Security Officer

Chief information security officers oversee information systems and company security for their organization. This person is expected to evaluate, report on, and suggest new ideas related to any security threats that the company currently faces, helping protect vital information and strategies. The chief information security officer typically works with a team that he or she has appointed to effectively develop the steps necessary to protect the company’s interests. Further this person must provide advice and leadership related to existing administrative security policies; this could include auditing the current systems in place, as well as directing and implementing new standards.


Chief Information Security Officer Tasks

  • Develop contingency plans and manage security breaches.
  • Supervise development and application of security procedures and protocols.
  • Provide information and training regarding information technology and security systems.
  • Maintain procedures, standards, and policies to protect the privacy and integrity of data.
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and security policies.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Security Officer

Chief Information Security Officers only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Policies and Procedures can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Security Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Chief Information Security Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $94K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $114K. Chief Information Security Officers bring in $151K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $156K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

For Chief Information Security Officers, Princeton provides a pay rate that is 57 percent greater than the national average. Chief Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+50 percent), Houston (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Chief Information Security Officers is geography, with workers in Louisville earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Omaha (11 percent less) and Denver (8 percent less).

Chief Information Security Officer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Chief Information Security Officer in Dallas:
"It is only about how consistently you can add value."
It is easy to detract. Success in my career has been about those times when I can bring value to the customer. Being able to consistently do this creates a path in any fertile environment.

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Experience Affects Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

Security Risk Management

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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.


7 %
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 3%