Information Security Manager Salary

On average, Information Security Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($103K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Overall cash earnings for Information Security Managers stretch from $72K on the lower end to $147K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K from bonuses and $15K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Security Managers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Information Security Managers are male. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$71,651 - $137,493
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $103,339
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$13.96 - $68.00
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,651 - $137,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,860  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $14,899  
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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$71,725 - $147,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,161
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $68.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $106.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,860  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $14,899  
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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$71,725 - $147,114  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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Job Description for Information Security Manager

Information security managers are in charge of maintaining security protocols throughout their organizations. They are responsible for creating strategies to increase network and internet security related to different projects. They handle a team of IT professionals to ensure easy access to data while maintaining high standards in terms of confidentiality and general data security. They also often work to find and prevent issues related to software or hardware equipment used by different teams within the company. Information security managers also review current security policies and update requirements in accordance with the sensitivity of the data. They also implement checks to avoid data corruption and identity theft by setting privacy rules. They deploy operating system updates to ensure effective working equipment. They do regular maintenance checks in all servers, switches, routers and other connectivity devices.

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Information Security Manager Tasks

  • Assist in migrating information assets and environments into compliant, secure systems.
  • Manage security testing platforms, including leading forensic investigations and mitigation procedures.
  • Lead security training and communicate policies.
  • Create and execute policy and audit plans, and identify security risks and operation needs.
  • Review configuration and updates to ensure software and infrastructure are protected.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Manager


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Information Security Managers sometimes assume positions such as Chief Information Security Officers. That role pays $151K per year on average. When Information Security Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Directors of Computing & Information Technology Security or IT Security Architects. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Manager


For Information Security Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Booz, Allen, and Hamilton; in fact, median earnings sit around $115K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Information Security Manager


Information Security Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, IT Risk, Computer Security, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance. Those proficient in IT Security & Infrastructure are, more often than not, also skilled in Security Risk Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Information Security Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $81K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $114K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,049

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Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Information Security Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Boston (+17 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Compared to the national average, Cleveland Information Security Managers have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (21 percent less) and Huntsville (15 percent less).

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What is it like working as an Information Security Manager?

Information Security Manager in Washington:
"Overview."
Pros: Drilling down into an organization and finding out about their security posture. Seeing how best both organizations can work together to accomplish a shared goal.
Cons: Internal politics.

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Experience Affects Information Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$107,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Manager Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 15%

IT Risk
up arrow 14%

Computer Security
up arrow 10%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 3%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 2%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Network Security Management
0%

Security Testing and Auditing
0%

National Average
$107,000

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 1%

IT Management
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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