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Information Security Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Information Security Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $87K annually. In the world of Information Security Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $60K and $129K. Career length 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 enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,435 - $121,478
(Median)
$59K
$87K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,289
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$25.18 - $73.40
(Median)
$25
$39
$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
$59,435 - $121,478  
   
Bonus
$510 - $15,304  
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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$59,773 - $128,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.18 - $73.40  
   
Overtime
$37.00 - $56.46  
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
$510 - $15,304  
   
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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$59,773 - $128,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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


Information Security Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Information Security Engineers. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $75K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $90K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $103K. Information Security Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $115K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Engineers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Arlington (+32 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Alexandria (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 8 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (6 percent lower) and Chicago (5 percent lower).

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



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 52 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: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%
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