Information Security Analyst Salary

The average Information Security Analyst in the United States earns approximately $71K annually. Overall incomes of Information Security Analysts generally bottom out at around $47K and peak near $106K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $10K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career duration and the specific company. The vast majority of Information Security Analysts (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Security Analysts. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,747 - $102,274
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,786
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$16.70 - $45.93
(Median)
$17
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,747 - $102,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,812  
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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$47,470 - $105,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,816
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.70 - $45.93  
   
Overtime
$24.44 - $53.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,812  
   
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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$47,470 - $105,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as IT Security Architect. The latter position pays an average of $114K annually. 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


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $96K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $51K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $118K.

Offering a median of only $75K, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $51K on the lower end and $111K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Information Security Analyst


Survey takers working as Information Security Analysts report using a large range of professional skills. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Network Management / Administration. For most people, competency in Computer Security indicates knowledge of Security Intrusion Detection. People who know IT Security & Infrastructure usually also know Security Policies and Procedures and Security Intrusion Detection.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Analyst

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $80K. Information Security Analysts bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. Information Security Analysts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Information Security Analysts that is 32 percent greater than the national average, Tampa offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Security Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Arlington (+12 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (10 percent less) and Atlanta (3 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
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Computer Security
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Network Security Management
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National Average
$71,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 328 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

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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