Information Security Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Information Security Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $90K per year nationwide. Total incomes of Information Security Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $16K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $130K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. For the most part, Information Security Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,200 - $122,714
(Median)
$61K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,640
10%
50%
90%

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$24.70 - $75.71
(Median)
$25
$43
$76
MEDIAN: $43.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,200 - $122,714  
   
Bonus
$972 - $15,640  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,067  
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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$61,814 - $129,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$24.70 - $75.71  
   
Overtime
$33.22 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$972 - $15,640  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,067  
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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$61,814 - $129,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Engineer


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Many Information Security Engineers move into Information Security Manager roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $105K per year.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Engineer


Information Security Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Network Security Management, Security Testing and Auditing, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, Security Intrusion Detection, and Computer Security. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are also skilled in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $76K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $93K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $105K. 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 $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,374

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

Arlington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Information Security Engineers, 31 percent above the national average. Information Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Employers in Chicago and San Diego also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 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
$91,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries


Network Security Management
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$91,000

Computer Security
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Security Intrusion Detection
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Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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