Median pay for Information Security Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $70K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $9K, respectively — total cash payment to Information Security Analysts can bottom out near $48K or peak near $105K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by career length and location. Job satisfaction for Information Security Analysts is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Information Security Analysts who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,785 - $102,129
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MEDIAN: $70,491
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$17.59 - $45.66
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,785 - $102,129  
   
Bonus
$192.74 - $10,089  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,437  
Total Pay (?
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$48,042 - $104,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.59 - $45.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.55  
Overtime
$21.21 - $58.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$192.74 - $10,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,437  
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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$48,042 - $104,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an IT Security Architect. The average IT Security Architect brings home $116K per year. The most common career progression for Information Security Analysts leads to becoming an Information Security Manager, where average pay is $106K annually. However, many Information Security Analysts also opt to become Security Analysts. Typically, a Security Analyst brings home $66K.

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Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Information Security Analysts include General Dynamics Information Technology Inc, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, Accenture, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Information Security Analysts flock to Lockheed Martin Corp for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $115K lead the pack in compensation. Information Security Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks at Cisco Systems Inc ($92K), Mantech International Corp. ($88K), and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) ($87K).

Other low-paying employers include M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at $66K and General Dynamics Information Technology Inc at $67K, though some Information Security Analysts there earn up to $118K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Analyst


Information Security Analysts report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Forensics can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Project Management and Security Risk Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 9 percent and 25 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel, Information Technology Support, and Network Management / Administration. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed in Security Policies and Procedures and Security Risk Management. Most people skilled in Computer Security are similarly competent 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.


For Information Security Analysts, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $63K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. Information Security Analysts who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $90K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $92K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,929

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With a pay rate for Information Security Analysts that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Security Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+16 percent), New York (+14 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Information Security Analyst Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Security Analyst?

Information Security Analyst in Boise:
"Corporate culture, work flexibility, stress level."
Pros: Work flexibility, management, great office conditions.
Cons: Can be long hours, stressful.

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
$70,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Analyst Salaries

Forensics
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Tableau Software
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$70,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 306 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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