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

Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $131K annually. Total cash earnings of Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security range from $62K on the low end to $187K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $31K and $21K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a large number have vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$72,215 - $165,870
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$72K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $130,754
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$10.85 - $46.12
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$72,215 - $165,870  
   
Bonus
$2,952 - $30,634  
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $20,817  
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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$61,638 - $187,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $46.12  
   
Overtime
$27.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,952 - $30,634  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,041 - $20,817  
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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$61,638 - $187,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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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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


Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 9 percent. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed 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.


In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $61K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $125K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $146K in this role. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $141K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $135,895

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

Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+33 percent), Chicago (+29 percent), Atlanta (+17 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Philadelphia Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Orlando and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (23 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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
$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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IT Security & Infrastructure
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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 48 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
48%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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