Salaries for Information Security Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($105K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $20K and $13K, respectively — total cash payment to Information Security Managers can bottom out near $72K or peak near $149K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. There are far more male Information Security Managers survey respondents than women, making up 88 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$72,074 - $139,703
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$72K
$110K
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MEDIAN: $105,399
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$11.84 - $72.05
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,074 - $139,703  
   
Bonus
$986 - $19,796  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $12,913  
Total Pay (?
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$72,236 - $149,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 899
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $72.05  
   
Overtime
$47.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$986 - $19,796  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $12,913  
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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$72,236 - $149,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.

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. More often than not, an Information Security Officer role is the next step for Information Security Managers moving up in the field. Pay for Information Security Officers is usually $86K. Many Information Security Managers choose to take on a Director of Computing & Information Technology Security role instead, where salaries are typically $115K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Manager


Deloitte & Touche LLP leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $111K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Manager


Information Security Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, IT Risk, Regulatory Compliance, and Cyber Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Most people who know 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 Information Security Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $87K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $103K. On average, Information Security Managers make $118K following 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: $108,786

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 (+22 percent), Houston (+19 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Information Security Manager's salary, with Cleveland Information Security Managers earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (21 percent lower) and Huntsville (14 percent lower).

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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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Experience Affects Information Security Manager Salaries



National Average
$109,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Manager Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 14%

IT Risk
up arrow 12%


Cyber Security
up arrow 8%

Security Risk Management
up arrow 4%

Computer Security
up arrow 4%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 3%

IT Management
up arrow 2%

Security Intrusion Detection
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Security Policies and Procedures
up arrow 1%

Security Testing and Auditing
up arrow 1%

Network Security Management
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$109,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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