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 $145K) surpassing six figures annually. Final cash compensation to Chief Information Security Officers varies from around $90K to approximately $243K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $49K and $40K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Chief Information Security Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$88,937 - $203,740
MEDIAN: $145,319

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$88,937 - $203,740  
$3,020 - $49,439  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,000  
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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).
$89,555 - $243,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $111K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. Chief Information Security Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $158K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $160K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $154,537

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

With a pay rate for Chief Information Security Officers that is 51 percent greater than the national average, Princeton offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+40 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), and Houston (+20 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average.

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

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 71 votes.


5 %
95 %

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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 3%