Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Generous salaries abound for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($141K) per year. In the world of Chief Information Security Officers, total cash compensation can vary between $84K and $241K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $48K and $41K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$84,020 - $201,854
MEDIAN: $140,780

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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.
$84,020 - $201,854  
$1,007 - $48,303  
Profit Sharing
$1,454 - $41,217  
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).
$84,100 - $241,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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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

Job skills reported by Chief Information Security Officers are limited. 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. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed in 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.

For many Chief Information Security Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $95K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $115K. For Chief Information Security Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $152K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $157K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Chief Information Security Officers, working in the bustling city of Princeton has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chief Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+49 percent), Houston (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Boston (+17 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Louisville Chief Information Security Officers earning much less — 31 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Omaha and 8 percent less in Denver, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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"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

Security Risk Management

Security Policies and Procedures

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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%