Information Security Analyst Salary

Earnings for Information Security Analysts in the United States come in at around $71K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $10K, total cash payment to Information Security Analysts can bottom out at $48K or peak near $106K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Information Security Analysts are male. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,936 - $102,667
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,022
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$17.66 - $45.67
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$18
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$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,936 - $102,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,771  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$47,634 - $105,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.66 - $45.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.55  
Overtime
$24.90 - $55.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,771  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$47,634 - $105,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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Job Description for Information Security Analyst

Information security analysts are responsible for providing security solutions for their companies. Their main duties include doing research, collecting data, developing secure strategies and maximizing productivity. They also are in charge of implementing security principles while following strict privacy policies. Information security analysts have advanced skills when it comes to finding security threats and other vulnerabilities. They conduct assessments of enterprise environments and frequently monitor logs and computer traffic.

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Information Security Analyst Tasks

  • Configure and analyze security tools and software.
  • Coordinate with IT and end users to minimize disruptions and protect assets.
  • Document, prioritize, and analyze security threats, incidents, and key metrics.
  • Review daily and periodic data to identify, report, and remedy vulnerabilities.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Analyst


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At the upper end, Information Security Analysts who move into an IT Security Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for IT Security Architects is a much higher $114K per year. The most common career progression for Information Security Analysts leads to becoming an Information Security Manager, where average pay is $105K annually. However, many Information Security Analysts also opt to become Security Analysts. Typically, a Security Analyst brings home $66K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Analyst


Information Security Analysts flock to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Wells Fargo Bank, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — the median salary there is $95K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $52K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $116K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Analyst


Information Security Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Forensics, Project Management, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 12 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Information Technology Support and Network Management / Administration. IT Security & Infrastructure is a skill commonly found among those who know Computer Security.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average beginner in this position makes around $64K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $80K. On average, Information Security Analysts make $91K following one to two decades on the job. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,991

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

Home to some of the best pay for Information Security Analysts, Tampa offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Information Security Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), New York (+11 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Workers in San Antonio and Denver earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

Information Security Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Security Analyst?

Information Security Analyst in Pleasanton:
"It's boring until it's not."
Pros: Always challenging, constantly learning new things, have to think critically, am able to be responsible for critical work.
Cons: It can be very very boring at times.

Information Security Analyst in Memphis:
"Information Security."
Pros: Information Security is always is an interesting industry and is a necessary part of everything company.
Cons: The work can be boring and redudant.

Information Security Analyst in Denver:
"Interesting Work."
Pros: Subject matter - it is constantly changing.
Cons: Nothing. I like my job. It fits my personality.

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Experience Affects Information Security Analyst Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Analyst Salaries

Forensics
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Security Testing and Auditing
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Network Security Management
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Tableau Software
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VBA
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Computer Security
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Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
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National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Excel
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 339 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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