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Information Security Officer Salary

Information Security Officers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $145K per year, median earnings come to $85K per year. With some bonuses approaching $23K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Information Security Officers spread between $48K and $145K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority (83 percent) of Information Security Officers who answered the questionnaire are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,184 - $135,173
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$49K
$85K
$140K
MEDIAN: $85,477
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$10.90 - $44.09
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$11
$23
$44
MEDIAN: $23.00
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$49,184 - $135,173  
   
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$0.00 - $23,077  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $9,863  
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$47,655 - $144,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 745
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$10.90 - $44.09  
   
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$0.00 - $66.01  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $23,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $9,863  
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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$47,655 - $144,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Information Security Officer

Information security officers are primarily responsible for ensuring data security within their organization. They are in charge of implementing effective technology solutions that prevent internal and external malicious users from compromising data integrity. They install a variety of hardware devices such as routers that ensure data protection by requiring credentials before accessing sensitive data. Additionally, information security officers install software applications that filter network traffic to avoid unwanted intrusions.

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Information Security Officer Tasks

  • Oversee training, policies, and practices, including audits, to ensure systems are securely operated.
  • Identify risks by role, software, information type, and other categories and define acceptable and mitigation strategies.
  • Document and communicate policies, queries, vulnerabilities, and current state of the system.
  • Implement and monitor information security requirements, policies, and compliance.
  • Assist with regulatory and data transfer procedures.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Officer


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Information Security Officers might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Information Security Manager. Median pay for an Information Security Manager is $103K per year.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Survey takers who work as Information Security Officers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Policies and Procedures, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. For most people, competency in Security Policies and Procedures indicates knowledge of IT Security & Infrastructure and Security Testing and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Information Security Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. Information Security Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $100K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $116K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Information Security Officers, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 71 percent above the national average. Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+46 percent), Chicago (+42 percent), Washington (+27 percent), and Miami (+24 percent). Information Security Officers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Information Security Officers in San Antonio bring in salaries that are 38 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Huntsville (20 percent lower) and Dallas (6 percent lower).

Information Security Officer Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Security Officer?

Information Security Officer in New York:
"Office Conditions."
Pros: After implementing a Information Security and Business Continuity program, there has been a better corporate culture and control of information and processes. The program gives organization importance.
Cons: Hard to gain management support at all times. Feel underpaid for the amount of work that I have completed and continue to do.

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Experience Affects Information Security Officer Salaries



National Average
$84,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries



Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$84,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%