Information Security Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Information Security Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. In the world of Information Security Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $72K and $145K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $15K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (87 percent) of Information Security Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$70,885 - $135,158
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,838
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$17.75 - $72.05
(Median)
$18
$34
$72
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$70,885 - $135,158  
   
Bonus
$98.07 - $19,661  
Profit Sharing
$0.43 - $14,544  
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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$71,619 - $144,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 997
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$17.75 - $72.05  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $120.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$98.07 - $19,661  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.43 - $14,544  
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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$71,619 - $144,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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


Survey results imply that Information Security Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Computer Security, Project Management, and Security Intrusion Detection are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Regulatory Compliance. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are 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 many Information Security Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Inexperienced workers earn around $84K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $101K. Information Security Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $111K. 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 $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Information Security Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), St. Louis (+19 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Huntsville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Information Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Manager Salaries

Computer Security
up arrow 24%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 4%

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 4%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 2%

Network Security Management
up arrow 1%

Security Testing and Auditing
0%

National Average
$105,000

Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 1%

IT Management
up arrow 2%

IT Risk
up arrow 2%

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 5%
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