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Information Security Engineer Salary

Male Information Security Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $87K annually in the United States. Total incomes of Information Security Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $60K and $129K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,341 - $122,000
(Median)
$59K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,226
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50%
90%

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$25.16 - $72.72
(Median)
$25
$35
$73
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,341 - $122,000  
   
Bonus
$509 - $15,317  
Profit Sharing
$803 - $10,365  
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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$59,597 - $129,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.16 - $72.72  
   
Overtime
$35.31 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$509 - $15,317  
   
Profit Sharing
$803 - $10,365  
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).
)
$59,597 - $129,400  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Security Intrusion Detection. Most people familiar with IT Security & Infrastructure also 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $73K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $90K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $104K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Information Security Engineers in Arlington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+34 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, 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
$88,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries



IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 4%

Security Policies and Procedures
0%

National Average
$88,000

Computer Security
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Network Security Management
up arrow 2%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 6%