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Information Security Manager Salary (United States)

Information Security Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $102K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation for Information Security Managers runs from $69K to $142K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $19K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Male Information Security Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries in the field. For the most part, Information Security Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Information Security Manager Salary (?
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$69,004 - $132,811
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MEDIAN: $99,285
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Information Security Manager Salary (?
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$14.88 - $61.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,004 - $132,811  
   
Bonus
$101.01 - $19,400  
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $12,255  
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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$68,796 - $142,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 811
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $61.53  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $89.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$101.01 - $19,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$293.61 - $12,255  
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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$68,796 - $142,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Manager

Information Security Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Security Intrusion Detection, Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Network Security Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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 $83K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $108K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Information Security Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $119K. Information Security Managers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Houston
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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San Diego
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Seattle
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Washington
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Phoenix
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Denver
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National Average
$102,000
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San Antonio
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Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Information Security Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other big spenders include New York, Houston, Boston, and Los Angeles, top-paying cities where Information Security Managers see paychecks higher than average (+20 percent, +17 percent, +16 percent, and +12 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Information Security Manager Salaries

National Average
$102,000

Skills That Affect Information Security Manager Salaries

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Network Security Management
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Security Testing and Auditing
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IT Risk
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IT Management
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National Average
$102,000
Security Policies and Procedures
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
13%
female alumni
 
Male
87%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 5%