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Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Chief Information Security Officers earn an average of $135K per year. Total incomes of Chief Information Security Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $46K from bonuses and close to $60K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $74K and $240K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$75,053 - $200,373
MEDIAN: $134,984

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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$75,053 - $200,373  
$40.85 - $45,725  
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $59,598  
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).
$74,472 - $239,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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 note just a narrow range of job 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. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, 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.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $78K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $109K. For Chief Information Security Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $150K. Chief Information Security Officers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $152K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Chief Information Security Officers, busy Princeton offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+24 percent), New York (+20 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.


8 %
92 %

Years of Experience

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: 81% employee benefits None: 2%