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

Generous salaries abound for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. Total cash earnings of Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security range from $67K on the low end to $177K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $34K and $25K, respectively. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salary (?
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$70,534 - $155,409
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MEDIAN: $111,457
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Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salary (?
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$11.67 - $65.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$70,534 - $155,409  
   
Bonus
$1,002 - $33,594  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $24,917  
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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$67,405 - $176,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 551
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $65.44  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,002 - $33,594  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $24,917  
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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$67,405 - $176,865  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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
  • Act as resource for security technical information and problem solving.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate internal information technology security, including technology, software, policies, application security, access control, and corporate data safeguards.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Work with senior management to design and implement security master plan.

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

Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Network Security Management, Security Risk Management, and Cisco Networking are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $104K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $127K. Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $109K.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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Chicago
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Denver
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Washington
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Tampa
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Dallas
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National Average
$116,000
Orlando
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Atlanta
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Philadelphia
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With a pay rate for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security that is 46 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Denver (+15 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Philadelphia Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Orlando (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security in Herndon:
"Understand Business Operations First Then Apply Infosec."
As a new IT Director you need to challenge your team to come up with new and innovative ideas in security best practice as opposed to you being the creator of new infosec best practice; if not, your team will become disenchanted and demotivated.
Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security in Minneapolis:
"Never Stop Learning."
Never stop trying to learn new technologies or processes. Any additional skill you can pick up will allow you to not only grow in your current role, but to extend your reach to other areas of business. Multi-talented individuals are easier to justify keeping on staff when layoffs are needed, as they can pick up slack. Skilled workers are also easier to promote, as they can mentor and assist with a past role while being immediately useful in a new role.

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Experience Affects Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salaries

National Average
$116,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Director, Computing/Networking/Information Technology (IT) Security Salaries

Network Security Management
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Cisco Networking
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Network Architecture / Design
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National Average
$116,000
Project Management
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Microsoft Exchange
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Vendor Management
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Microsoft Office
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Virtualization
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%