Information Security Manager Salary

Information Security Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $103K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Information Security Managers approaches anywhere from $72K on the lower end to $147K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,651 - $137,493
(Median)
$72K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $103,339
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$13.96 - $68.00
(Median)
$14
$31
$68
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
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $68.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $106.00  
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$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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There are some Information Security Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Information Security Officers, where earnings are an average $151K annually. A common career progression for an Information Security Manager is to become a Director of Computing & Information Technology Security or an IT Security Architect. Compared to Information Security Managers, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Manager


Booz, Allen, and Hamilton attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $115K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Manager


Survey results imply that Information Security Managers deploy a deep pool 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. Most people experienced in IT Security & Infrastructure also know 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 many Information Security Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $81K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $101K. Information Security Managers see a median salary of $114K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $121K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,049

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For Information Security Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. 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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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
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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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