Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $153K per year. Total incomes of Chief Information Security Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $52K from bonuses and close to $26K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $106K and $251K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Information Security Officers. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$103,071 - $214,236  
   
Bonus
$4,984 - $51,663  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $25,710  
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$105,788 - $251,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 472
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$45.30 - $111.50  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,984 - $51,663  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $25,710  
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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$105,788 - $251,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 show that Chief Information Security Officers use a fair number of skills. 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. The majority of those 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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $126K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $137K. For Chief Information Security Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $167K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Chief Information Security Officer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $188K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $168,660

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

For those looking to make money, Chief Information Security Officers in Princeton enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+33 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+21 percent), and Philadelphia (+18 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (8 percent lower) and Phoenix (5 percent lower).

Chief Information Security Officer Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Chief Information Security Officer?

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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Key Stats for Chief Information Security Officer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
053
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Security Officer Salaries


National Average
$169,000



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Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries




National Average
$169,000

CISSP
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Security Testing and Auditing
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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