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Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Salaries 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 $82K on the low end to $243K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $49K and $52K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,875 - $201,735
MEDIAN: $140,443

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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.
$82,875 - $201,735  
$1,007 - $48,863  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $51,521  
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).
$82,488 - $242,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 326

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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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. 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $91K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $111K. Chief Information Security Officers bring in $154K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $158K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Chief Information Security Officers, Princeton provides a pay rate that is 56 percent greater than the national average. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+49 percent), Houston (+44 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Omaha, 14 percent below the national average. Denver and San Francisco are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 1 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

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Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

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Security Policies and Procedures

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.


6 %
94 %

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: 80% employee benefits None: 3%