Information Security Analyst Salary

Information Security Analysts in the United States can expect to earn an average of $71K per year. Cash earnings of Information Security Analysts can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $48K to almost $106K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a fair number collect vision insurance. Most Information Security Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up the vast majority of Information Security Analysts (83 percent) who took the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,943 - $102,244

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$16.71 - $45.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,943 - $102,244  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,854  
Profit Sharing
$366.25 - $10,279  
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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$47,770 - $105,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,831
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.71 - $45.89  
   
Overtime
$24.44 - $53.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,854  
   
Profit Sharing
$366.25 - $10,279  
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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$47,770 - $105,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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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Information Security Analysts who transition into an IT Security Architect role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $114K per year. More often than not, an Information Security Manager role is the next step for Information Security Analysts moving up in the field. Information Security Managers usually make $104K per year. Many other Information Security Analysts choose to take on a Security Analyst role, where salaries are typically $66K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Analyst


Information Security Analysts seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where the median salary comes to $96K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($51K) and those starting out ($118K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton — the median salary there is $75K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $51K and $111K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Analyst


Survey results imply that Information Security Analysts deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Forensics, Project Management, Security Risk Management, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Network Management / Administration. Aptitude in Computer Security tends to also indicate an understanding of IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Analyst

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $63K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $90K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Information Security Analysts in Tampa enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Information Security Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Arlington (+12 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (10 percent less) and Atlanta (6 percent less).

Information Security Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Security Analyst?

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
up arrow 15%




Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Network Security Management
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Computer Security
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National Average
$71,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 3%

Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 318 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 9%
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