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Information Security Officer Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Information Security Officers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Information Security Officers is $86K per year and can range from $48K on the lower end to $144K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of Information Security Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $23K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $48K and $144K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Information Security Officers survey respondents than women, making up 82 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,241 - $134,907
(Median)
$49K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,088
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$10.88 - $55.98
(Median)
$11
$23
$56
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$49,241 - $134,907  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,894  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $10,137  
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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$47,647 - $144,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $55.98  
   
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 - $22,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $10,137  
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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$47,647 - $144,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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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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Many Information Security Officers move into an Information Security Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $104K per year.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Information Security Officers note just a narrow range 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. Most people who know Security Policies and Procedures also know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $63K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $83K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $102K. Information Security Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $111K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Information Security Officers, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 67 percent above the national average. Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+46 percent), Chicago (+34 percent), Miami (+22 percent), and Washington (+20 percent). Information Security Officers in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Huntsville (21 percent lower) and Colorado Springs (7 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
$85,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries


IT Security & Infrastructure
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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 204 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: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%