Information Security Analyst Salary

Information Security Analysts in the United States take home approximately $71K annually on average. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Information Security Analysts generally range from $47K to $105K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Men account for the majority of Information Security Analysts who responded to the questionnaire — 83 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Information Security Analysts, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,601 - $101,834
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,668
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$16.70 - $45.84
(Median)
$17
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,601 - $101,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,806  
Profit Sharing
$367.66 - $10,256  
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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$47,307 - $105,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,795
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.70 - $45.84  
   
Overtime
$24.47 - $53.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,806  
   
Profit Sharing
$367.66 - $10,256  
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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$47,307 - $105,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 who go on to become IT Security Architects may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for IT Security Architects is $113K 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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — the median salary there is $96K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $51K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $118K.

Booz, Allen, and Hamilton offers the least money; the median income there is just $75K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $51K and $111K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Analyst


Information Security Analysts seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Forensics, Security Risk Management, Project 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. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures and Security Intrusion Detection. It is often found that people who know Computer Security are also skilled in 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 see a median salary of $91K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Information Security Analysts report making only $90K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Analysts, Tampa provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Information Security Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 13 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Security Testing and Auditing
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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 334 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
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 9%
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