Male Information Security Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $91K annually in the United States. In the world of Information Security Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $18K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $62K and $134K. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$61,323 - $124,471
$61K
$91K
$120K
MEDIAN: $90,679
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50%
90%

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$22.36 - $75.18
$22
$41
$75
MEDIAN: $40
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,323 - $124,471  
   
Bonus
$1,260 - $17,729  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,787  
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$62,355 - $133,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$22.36 - $75.18  
   
Overtime
$29.80 - $90.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,260 - $17,729  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$62,355 - $133,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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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As Information Security Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as IT Security Architect, they may see a strong upturn in salary. IT Security Architects earn $116K on average 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 $90K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Engineer


Information Security Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration, Web Security & Encryption, Security Intrusion Detection, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Security. 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.


For Information Security Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $78K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $97K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $108K. 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 $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,537

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

For Information Security Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+37 percent), Arlington (+29 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia. San Diego and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Information Security Engineer Salaries




National Average
$93,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries

Switches & Firewall Installation and Administration
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Web Security & Encryption
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Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
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Security Risk Management
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National Average
$93,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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