Information Security Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Information Security Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $91K per year. Cash earnings for Information Security Engineers — which occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $63K to approximately $134K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Most Information Security Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$61,641 - $124,267
$62K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $91,450
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90%

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$21.98 - $74.73
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$42
$75
MEDIAN: $42.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,641 - $124,267  
   
Bonus
$1,212 - $15,595  
Profit Sharing
$577 - $13,138  
Total Pay (?
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$62,667 - $134,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$21.98 - $74.73  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $90.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,212 - $15,595  
   
Profit Sharing
$577 - $13,138  
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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$62,667 - $134,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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

  • Configure and set up firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
  • Respond to network intrusions and be familiar with performing forensic investigation.
  • Test new or upgraded hardware and software and implement new technologies.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Engineer


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At the upper end, Information Security Engineers who move into an IT Security Architect role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for IT Security Architects is a much higher $117K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Engineer


Caci International Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $96K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Engineer


Information Security Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, Web Security & Encryption, Network Security Management, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. 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

Pay by Experience for an Information Security Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Security Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 308 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Security Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 281 salaries. An experienced Information Security Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 235 salaries. An Information Security Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 55 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,705

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Information Security Engineers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Information Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), San Antonio (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Phoenix is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Philadelphia and 3 percent less in San Diego, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Information Security Engineer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Information Security Engineer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Information Security Engineer Salaries

▲17%

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$94,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries

Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
▲13%

Web Security & Encryption
▲7%



Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
▲4%






National Average
$94,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 8%
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