Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Chief Information Security Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $145K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Chief Information Security Officers bottoms out near $90K and approaches $243K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $49K from bonuses and almost $40K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$88,937 - $203,740
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$89K
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MEDIAN: $145,319
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$88,937 - $203,740  
   
Bonus
$3,020 - $49,439  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $40,000  
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$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.

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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. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to 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. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $111K per year. On average, Chief Information Security Officers make $158K following one to two decades on the job. Chief Information Security Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $160K on average.

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 will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+40 percent), San Francisco (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), and Houston (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver.

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



National Average
$155,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

IT Security & Infrastructure
0%

Security Risk Management
0%

National Average
$155,000

Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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