Information Security Officer Salary

Just over a half of Information Security Officers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $49K to $142K per year, but median earnings come to around $86K per year. Cash earnings for Information Security Officers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $142K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Information Security Officers are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,870 - $132,652
(Median)
$50K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,290
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$12.18 - $67.98
(Median)
$12
$25
$68
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,870 - $132,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,388  
Profit Sharing
$718 - $14,795  
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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$48,873 - $142,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 949
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $67.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $68.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,388  
   
Profit Sharing
$718 - $14,795  
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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$48,873 - $142,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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.

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Information Security Officers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chief Information Security Officer. The latter position pays an average of $151K annually.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Information Security Officers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. Most people skilled in Security Policies and Procedures are similarly competent in 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.


Information Security Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $67K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $85K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $104K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $111K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,400

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Information Security Officers, 65 percent above the national average. Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+61 percent), New York (+47 percent), Chicago (+39 percent), and Boston (+36 percent). Compared to the national average, Huntsville Information Security Officers have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (12 percent lower) and Houston (11 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
$86,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries


IT Security & Infrastructure
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Security Policies and Procedures
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National Average
$86,000

Security Testing and Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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