Compensation for Information Security Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($106K). Cash earnings for Information Security Managers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing — stretch from around $72K to approximately $150K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Most Information Security Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Information Security Managers survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$72,738 - $140,030
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MEDIAN: $105,768
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$11.92 - $71.67
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MEDIAN: $31.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,738 - $140,030  
   
Bonus
$989 - $20,243  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $19,183  
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$72,322 - $150,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 867
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $71.67  
   
Overtime
$51.95  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$989 - $20,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$618 - $19,183  
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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$72,322 - $150,288  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

  • 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.
  • Lead security training and communicate policies.
  • Assist in migrating information assets and environments into compliant, secure systems.
  • Manage security testing platforms, including leading forensic investigations and mitigation procedures.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Manager


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Though it's uncommon, some Information Security Managers move into roles as Chief Information Security Officers, where pay is an average $156K per year. As Information Security Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Information Security Officers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $87K. Another common career choice for Information Security Managers is to move into a Director of Computing & Information Technology Security role — this promotion usually pays $116K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Manager


U.S. Air Force (USAF), Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Army, Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, and Deloitte & Touche LLP are top-notch employers for Information Security Managers in this area. Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $120K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Manager


Information Security Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cyber Security, IT Risk, Regulatory Compliance, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Those educated in IT Security & Infrastructure tend to be well versed 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.


Information Security Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $88K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $103K. Information Security Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $118K. 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 $122K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $108,918

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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 Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+23 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Information Security Managers in Cleveland take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (20 percent lower) and Huntsville (14 percent lower).

Information Security Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Information Security Manager

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
050
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Information Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$109,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Manager Salaries


IT Risk
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Project Management
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National Average
$109,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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