Information Security Engineer Salary

Male Information Security Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $88K per year in the United States. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $14K, overall incomes of Information Security Engineers spread between $59K and $129K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$58,916 - $121,682
(Median)
$59K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,901
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$25.22 - $72.72
(Median)
$25
$40
$73
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,916 - $121,682  
   
Bonus
$514 - $15,371  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $14,059  
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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$59,486 - $128,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 461
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.22 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$37.00 - $56.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$514 - $15,371  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $14,059  
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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$59,486 - $128,665  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Popular Skills for Information Security Engineer


Survey results suggest that Information Security Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Security Intrusion Detection. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of 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 many Information Security Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $74K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $104K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $113K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Engineers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Information Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Arlington (+30 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), and Alexandria (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Pittsburgh and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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
$89,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries


Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Computer Security
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National Average
$89,000

Security Policies and Procedures
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Network Security Management
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%
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