Information Assurance Engineer Salary (United States)

Pay for Information Assurance Engineers in the United States is typically around $84,788 annually. Pay begins at $59,776 on the low end and climbs to $120,301 per year near the top. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A solid majority claim medical and dental insurance and most get vision coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 84 percent of Information Assurance Engineers are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Assurance Engineers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Information Assurance Engineer Salary (?
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$59,649 - $117,220
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$59,776 - $120,301  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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Job Description for Information Assurance Engineer

Information assurance engineers are tasked with maintaining a company's databases and ensuring integrity among systems that the company uses and operates. Maintaining their integrity and security involves analyzing networks to identify vulnerabilities, reducing breaches to the network, resolving past incidents and making sure that key personnel know and understand issues. In maintaining the network, the information assurance engineer documents existing and potential information architecture, and identifies and troubleshoots problems and compliance issues.
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Information Assurance Engineer Tasks
  • Document existing and proposed information architecture to convey compliance, problems, and solutions.
  • Resolve incidents and breaches, mitigating problems, and informing key personnel.
  • Analyze networks to identify vulnerabilities and reduce breaches.
  • Develop and implement scanning and certification plans for network control and maintenance.

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Popular Skills for Information Assurance Engineer

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Security Policies and Procedures, IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Risk Management, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Security Policies and Procedures indicates knowledge of Computer Security, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Assurance Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Information Assurance Engineers generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $69,578 to $88K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $100K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Information Assurance Engineers approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $110K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$85,000
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Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Information Assurance Engineers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+1 percent). Baltimore is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Information Assurance Engineer Salaries

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$85,000

Skills That Affect Information Assurance Engineer Salaries

Security Risk Management
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$85,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 13%
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