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

Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $120K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security runs from $71K to $182K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $33K and profit sharing that can reach almost $24K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a large number collect vision insurance. Male Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$76,031 - $159,727
(Median)
$76K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $119,947
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$11.88 - $56.22
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$12
$22
$56
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$76,031 - $159,727  
   
Bonus
$1,489 - $33,083  
Profit Sharing
$2,043 - $24,144  
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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$70,996 - $182,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 571
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $56.22  
   
Overtime
$27.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,489 - $33,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,043 - $24,144  
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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$70,996 - $182,236  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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.

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


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Moving into a Chief Information Officer position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $145K annually.

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


Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 21 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Active Directory and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are 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 beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $117K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security make a median salary of $134K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security report making only $130K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $125,468

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

With a pay rate for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security that is 42 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 Los Angeles (+38 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Phoenix (+20 percent), and New York (+18 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security is geography, with workers in Philadelphia earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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

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



National Average
$125,000



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

Security Policies and Procedures
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Network Architecture / Design
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National Average
$125,000

Cisco Networking
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Project Management
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Vendor Management
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Microsoft Exchange
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Virtualization
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Microsoft Active Directory
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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