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Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Average pay for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($139K). Total incomes of Chief Information Security Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $47K from bonuses and close to $55K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $81K and $239K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Chief Information Security Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$81,705 - $199,629
MEDIAN: $138,563

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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.
$81,705 - $199,629  
$900 - $46,886  
Profit Sharing
$750 - $55,000  
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).
$81,321 - $239,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312

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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 usually report a few specific 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. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Chief Information Security Officers. Inexperienced workers earn around $90K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $110K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $151K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $159K.

Pay Difference by Location

Princeton offers some of the highest pay in the country for Chief Information Security Officers, 57 percent above the national average. Chief Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+45 percent), New York (+19 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent.

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 50 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 3%