Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salary

Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $130K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $21K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security can bottom out near $61K or peak near $187K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision coverage. Most Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$69,815 - $165,930
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MEDIAN: $129,572
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$10.77 - $46.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$69,815 - $165,930  
   
Bonus
$2,993 - $30,391  
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $20,642  
Total Pay (?
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$61,168 - $186,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $46.47  
   
Overtime
$28.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,993 - $30,391  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500 - $20,642  
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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$61,168 - $186,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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Job Description for Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security

Businesses that use computers, the Internet, and/or an intranet to communicate externally and/or internally frequently have a dedicated information technology department to oversee them. The upper-level manager who oversees this department is the director of computing, networking, and information technology (IT) security. They are primarily concerned with maintaining the security and integrity of the company’s online assets. They also establish and maintain policies and procedures related to interdepartment Internet/intranet communication. Additionally, these directors ensure that all employees adhere to these procedures to protect sensitive company data.

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Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Tasks

  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Work with senior management to design and implement security master plan.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate internal information technology security, including technology, software, policies, application security, access control, and corporate data safeguards.
  • Act as resource for security technical information and problem solving.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.

Common Career Paths for Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security


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Many Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security move into a Chief Information Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chief Information Officers on average bring in a similar salary to Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security.

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Popular Skills for Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Vendor Management, Security Risk Management, Security Policies and Procedures, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to know Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $60K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $133K. Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $147K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $139K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,616

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

For those looking to make money, Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+33 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in Philadelphia make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Orlando (23 percent less) and Washington (7 percent less).

Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security?

Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security in Elmsford:
"IT Director."
Pros: Lots of opportunities to learn and develop skills. Responsive and forward-thinking management. Lots of responsibility. Relaxed environment. Freedom to make impacting decisions.
Cons: Limited budget and interest for security-enhancing policies and equipment. No bonus, profit sharing, or incentive pay. Long wait for reimbursement for moving costs and expenses, still owed money after 6 months. Underpaid for given amount of responsibility and a key role in keeping the company going. I feel they should show more appreciation to hardworking employees through compensation.

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Key Stats for Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
31%
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Experience Affects Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salaries



National Average
$136,000



Skills That Affect Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salaries



Vendor Management
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Project Management
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National Average
$136,000

Network Architecture / Design
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Virtualization
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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