Information Security Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Information Security Engineers earn an average of $88K annually. Cash earnings for Information Security Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $60K to approximately $128K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Information Security Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,968 - $121,366
(Median)
$59K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,061
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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
$58,968 - $121,366  
   
Bonus
$510 - $15,329  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $14,059  
Total Pay (?
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$59,634 - $128,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 473
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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
$510 - $15,329  
   
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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$59,634 - $128,361  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Information Security Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. The majority of those who know 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $75K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $91K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $104K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $112K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Information Security Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Arlington (+30 percent), Boston (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Pittsburgh and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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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
$90,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries


Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$90,000

Computer Security
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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
7 %
Male
93 %

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: 79% employee benefits None: 6%
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