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Information Security Officer Salary

Information Security Officers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $85K annually on average but can range from $48K to $143K per year. Overall cash earnings for Information Security Officers stretch from $48K on the lower end to $143K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $23K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Information Security Officers are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,970 - $134,340
(Median)
$49K
$85K
$130K
MEDIAN: $85,281
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$10.93 - $56.41
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$11
$24
$56
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,970 - $134,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,753  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,213  
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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$47,686 - $143,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 822
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $56.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.33  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,753  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,213  
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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$47,686 - $143,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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 often transition into Information Security Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Information Security Managers earn $104K per year.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Information Security Officers report a focused set of job 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 3 percent and 14 percent. Those proficient in Security Policies and Procedures are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


For many Information Security Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $63K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $102K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $111K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Information Security Officers that is 70 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+47 percent), Chicago (+35 percent), Miami (+23 percent), and Washington (+18 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Huntsville Information Security Officers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. San Antonio and Colorado Springs are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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
$85,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries



Security Policies and Procedures
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Security Testing and Auditing
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National Average
$85,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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