Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Salaries for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($154K) per year. Cash earnings for Chief Information Security Officers — including $52K in bonuses and $35K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $105K to $253K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and most get vision benefits. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$102,821 - $218,001
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MEDIAN: $153,788
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$45.30 - $111.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$102,821 - $218,001  
   
Bonus
$4,981 - $51,646  
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $35,234  
Total Pay (?
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$105,456 - $252,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 456
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Hourly Rate
$45.30 - $111.50  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,981 - $51,646  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,020 - $35,234  
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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$105,456 - $252,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 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 pay less than market rate include Security Testing and Auditing and CISSP. 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.


Chief Information Security Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $124K per year. Chief Information Security Officers see a median salary of $168K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Chief Information Security Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $191K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $169,424

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

Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Chief Information Security Officers in Princeton receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chief Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+32 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Workers in Denver and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chief Information Security Officer

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$169,000

▼1%

▼19%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries



Security Policies and Procedures
▼0%

National Average
$169,000

CISSP
▼7%

Security Testing and Auditing
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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