Chief Information Security Officers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $152K annually. Total cash compensation to Chief Information Security Officers approaches anywhere from $103K on the lower end to $250K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $51K from bonuses and upwards of $35K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a large number have vision insurance, as well. For the most part, Chief Information Security Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$101,479 - $210,168
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MEDIAN: $152,140
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$101,479 - $210,168  
   
Bonus
$4,985 - $51,300  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $34,603  
Total Pay (?
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$103,342 - $249,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$38.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,985 - $51,300  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $34,603  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$103,342 - $249,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7
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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.

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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


Survey results imply that Chief Information Security Officers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Policies and Procedures, and CISSP are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Security Testing and Auditing and CISSP. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are also skilled in 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.


Chief Information Security Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $121K per year. For Chief Information Security Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $165K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $182K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $166,449

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Princeton is home to an above-average pay rate for Chief Information Security Officers, 40 percent higher than the national average. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), Minneapolis (+29 percent), New York (+22 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 10 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Hartford. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Houston and Washington (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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


National Average
$166,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Risk Management
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Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$166,000

CISSP
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Security Testing and Auditing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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