Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($140K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $48K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $41K, overall incomes of Chief Information Security Officers spread between $82K and $241K depending on individual performance. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Chief Information Security Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,336 - $201,914
MEDIAN: $139,860

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$82,336 - $201,914  
$1,002 - $47,797  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $41,217  
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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).
$82,248 - $241,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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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 report a focused set 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. Most people experienced in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $92K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $113K. Chief Information Security Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $152K. Chief Information Security Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Chief Information Security Officers, Princeton provides a pay rate that is 57 percent greater than the national average. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+50 percent), Houston (+25 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Chief Information Security Officers in Louisville earn salaries far below the national average by 30 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Omaha (11 percent lower) and Denver (8 percent lower).

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 Risk Management
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Security Policies and Procedures

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.


7 %
93 %

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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 3%