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

Wages for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($116K) per year. Total incomes of Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $33K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $68K and $180K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security survey respondents are men (79 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$73,988 - $158,406
(Median)
$74K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $116,170
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$12.08 - $63.62
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$64
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$73,988 - $158,406  
   
Bonus
$712 - $33,153  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $24,832  
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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$68,176 - $179,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 530
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $63.62  
   
Overtime
$21.75 - $65.62  
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
$712 - $33,153  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $24,832  
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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$68,176 - $179,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Security Policies and Procedures, Security Risk Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Network Management / Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also 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 employees with less than five years' experience earn around $68K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $109K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security make a median salary of $130K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $123K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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
$121,000


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

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 28%



Cisco Networking
up arrow 4%

Network Architecture / Design
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National Average
$121,000


Project Management
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Vendor Management
up arrow 24%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 24%

Virtualization
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 5%