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 $90K annually. Total cash compensation to Information Security Engineers approaches anywhere from $62K on the lower end to $130K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $16K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and most collect vision insurance. Most Information Security Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,200 - $122,714
(Median)
$61K
$90K
$120K
MEDIAN: $89,640
10%
50%
90%

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$24.70 - $75.71
(Median)
$25
$43
$76
MEDIAN: $43.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,200 - $122,714  
   
Bonus
$972 - $15,640  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,067  
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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$61,814 - $129,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$24.70 - $75.71  
   
Overtime
$33.22 - $64.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$972 - $15,640  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,067  
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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$61,814 - $129,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Engineer


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Many Information Security Engineers transition into upper-level Information Security Manager positions. Information Security Managers earn a median of $105K per year.

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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, Network Security Management, Security Testing and Auditing, and IT Security & Infrastructure 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, Security Intrusion Detection, and Computer Security. Most people 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 pay tend to be weakly linked for Information Security Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $76K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $93K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $105K. 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 $112K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,374

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

For Information Security Engineers, working in the bustling city of Arlington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Information Security Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and San Diego (8 percent lower and 7 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




National Average
$91,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Engineer Salaries


Network Security Management
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$91,000

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 74 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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