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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 $88K per year. 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 $58K and $129K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Information Security Engineers is high. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$58,451 - $120,912
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MEDIAN: $87,815
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$25.31 - $75.87
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,451 - $120,912  
   
Bonus
$51.52 - $15,427  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,137  
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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$58,487 - $129,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 307
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$25.31 - $75.87  
   
Overtime
$38.97 - $61.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$51.52 - $15,427  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $10,137  
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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$58,487 - $129,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Information Security Engineers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $90K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $106K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $123K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Information Security Engineers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Information Security Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Arlington (+30 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Information Security Engineers is geography, with workers in Denver earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers in New York and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent lower and 2 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

Late-Career
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National Average
$90,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries



IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Computer Security
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Network Security Management
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National Average
$90,000

Security Intrusion Detection
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 6%