Information Security Manager Salary

Average pay for an Information Security Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $102K per year. In the world of Information Security Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $72K and $145K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for Information Security Managers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The vast majority of Information Security Managers (88 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$71,285 - $135,107
(Median)
$71K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,640
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$17.75 - $72.05
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$18
$34
$72
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,285 - $135,107  
   
Bonus
$98.07 - $19,661  
Profit Sharing
$0.39 - $14,681  
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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$72,029 - $144,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 996
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$98.07 - $19,661  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.39 - $14,681  
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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$72,029 - $144,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 22 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. 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 Information Security Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $84K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $101K. On average, Information Security Managers make $111K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Information Security Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Huntsville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Omaha (9 percent lower) and Denver (3 percent lower).

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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 22%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Security Intrusion Detection
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IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 3%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 3%

Network Security Management
up arrow 1%

Security Testing and Auditing
0%

National Average
$105,000

Security Policies and Procedures
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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 175 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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