Men account for the majority of Information Security Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $90K annually. Cash earnings for Information Security Engineers — including $18K in bonuses and $11K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $62K to $135K depending on individual performance. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Work is enjoyable for Information Security Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,469 - $124,668
(Median)
$61K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,977
10%
50%
90%

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$22.36 - $75.18
(Median)
$22
$41
$75
MEDIAN: $41.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,469 - $124,668  
   
Bonus
$1,318 - $18,232  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $11,375  
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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$62,271 - $134,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$22.36 - $75.18  
   
Overtime
$32.30 - $90.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,318 - $18,232  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $11,375  
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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$62,271 - $134,556  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Information Security Engineer

Many large companies have employees working in a variety of office locations, job sites, and home environments (through telecommuting). Information security engineers help maintain the integrity of all data communicated and stored throughout the business enterprise. They develop and maintain protocols for the safe use, entry, transmission, and retrieval of data and software assets at a company. They work to ensure that these security protocols are flexible enough to remain user-friendly for employees, while also ensuring that security is strong enough to meet the needs of the business.

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Information Security Engineer Tasks

  • Create test plans which will allow for a proper evaluation of security issues for new hardware and software.
  • Identify security solutions and implement a multi-layered defense to protect the networks.
  • Test new or upgraded hardware and software and implement new technologies.
  • Configure and set up firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
  • Respond to network intrusions and be familiar with performing forensic investigation.

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Information Security Engineers' 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.

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Information Security Engineers flock to Caci International Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $90K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Information Security Engineer


Information Security Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Web Security & Encryption, Security Intrusion Detection, Cyber Security, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration and Computer Security. Those familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also tend to know Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Engineer

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


For Information Security Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $78K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $96K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $109K. Information Security Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,639

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Information Security Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Arlington (+30 percent), New York (+25 percent), Boston (+19 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Philadelphia.

Information Security Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Security Engineer?

Information Security Engineer in Spokane:
"Depends."
Pros: Challenging problem solving environment with constant knowledge acquisition.
Cons: Long erratic hours and occasionally under-appreciated.

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Experience Affects Information Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$92,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries

Web Security & Encryption
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Network Security Management
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$92,000

Security Testing and Auditing
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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