Information Security Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Information Security Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $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 $129K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Information Security Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$59,519 - $121,826

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$25.26 - $75.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,519 - $121,826  
   
Bonus
$513 - $15,283  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $14,059  
Total Pay (?
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$60,077 - $128,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 484
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$25.26 - $75.00  
   
Overtime
$37.00 - $56.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$513 - $15,283  
   
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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$60,077 - $128,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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


Survey results suggest that Information Security Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, Security Testing and Auditing, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Network Security Management 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 and Security Intrusion Detection. Most people experienced in 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.


For many Information Security Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $75K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $91K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $104K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $115K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Information Security Engineers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Arlington (+30 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (9 percent lower) and Denver (8 percent lower).

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
$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

Network Security Management
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Security Policies and Procedures
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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 55 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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