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Information Security Analyst Salary

Information Security Analysts in the United States take home an average $70K per year. Total cash compensation to Information Security Analysts varies from $47K to $105K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K each. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Information Security Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. 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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$47,909 - $101,979
(Median)
$48K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,141
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$16.03 - $49.02
(Median)
$16
$25
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,909 - $101,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,711  
Profit Sharing
$393.39 - $10,174  
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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$46,545 - $105,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.03 - $49.02  
   
Overtime
$24.54 - $50.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,711  
   
Profit Sharing
$393.39 - $10,174  
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).
)
$46,545 - $105,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193

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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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For Information Security Analysts, progressing to an IT Security Architect role may result in a significant raise. On average, an IT Security Architect can earn $113K annually. Going from Information Security Analyst to Information Security Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $104K. Many others choose to work as Security Analysts, where pay is typically $66K.

Information Security Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Analyst


Although General Dynamics Information Technology Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $104K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $60K or as much as $134K.

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


Information Security Analysts report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 16 percent. Those with knowledge of Computer Security tend to be skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Analyst

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. Information Security Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $91K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $87K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Information Security Analysts in Tampa receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Analysts will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+25 percent), New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

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
$70,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Analyst Salaries

Forensics
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Security Testing and Auditing
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Network Security Management
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Computer Security
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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National Average
$70,000

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 359 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%