Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Chief Information Security Officers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $143K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Chief Information Security Officers varies from $85K to $244K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $49K each. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$84,873 - $203,304
MEDIAN: $143,334

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$84,873 - $203,304  
$1,021 - $49,039  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $49,316  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$85,108 - $244,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Chief Information Security Officers who took the survey. Those who have experience with IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Risk Management, and Security Policies and Procedures can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $97K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $114K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $156K. Chief Information Security Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $159K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Chief Information Security Officers that is 53 percent greater than the national average, Princeton offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+46 percent), Houston (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). Omaha is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (8 percent lower) and San Francisco (1 percent lower).

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 Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

IT Security & Infrastructure

Security Risk Management

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Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 3%