Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Wages for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($157K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Chief Information Security Officers stretch from $107K on the lower end to $258K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $52K from bonuses and $36K from profit sharing. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a large number have vision insurance. Most Chief Information Security Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$104,111 - $218,249
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MEDIAN: $156,567
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$45.30 - $111.50
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$0$258K
Salary $104,111 - $218,249
Bonus $5,087 - $52,353
Profit Sharing $3,000 - $36,259
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$106,923 - $258,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 512
Hourly Data $0$111
Hourly Rate $45.30 - $111.50
Overtime $25.00
Annual Data $0$258K
Bonus $5,087 - $52,353
Profit Sharing $3,000 - $36,259
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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$106,923 - $258,493
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Security Officer


Survey results suggest that Chief Information Security Officers put a wide range of professional skills 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 pay less than market rate include Security Testing and Auditing and CISSP. 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

Pay by Experience for a Chief Information Security Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Information Security Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Information Security Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $137,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced Chief Information Security Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $168,000 based on 318 salaries. A Chief Information Security Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $191,000 based on 165 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $172,744

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

For those looking to make money, Chief Information Security Officers in Princeton enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+17 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Workers in Denver and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chief Information Security Officer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

▲10%

National Average
$173,000

▼3%

▼21%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries



National Average
$173,000

Security Policies and Procedures
▼2%

CISSP
▼8%

Security Testing and Auditing
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 82%
no benefits
None: 5%
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