Information Security Officers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $89K per year, but may range from $54K to $138K per year. Total cash earnings of Information Security Officers range from $54K on the low end to $138K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $11K, respectively. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Information Security Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Information Security Officers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$54,848 - $128,987
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$55K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,842
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$14.47 - $68.22
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,848 - $128,987  
   
Bonus
$495.96 - $20,061  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $11,000  
Total Pay (?
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$53,813 - $137,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 676
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $68.22  
   
Overtime
$26.17 - $74.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$495.96 - $20,061  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $11,000  
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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$53,813 - $137,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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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

  • Implement and monitor information security requirements, policies, and compliance.
  • Assist with regulatory and data transfer procedures.
  • Document and communicate policies, queries, vulnerabilities, and current state of the system.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Officer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) offers the most; Information Security Officers earn $88K on average there.

Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Survey results suggest that Information Security Officers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, Network Security Management, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Disaster Recovery and IT Risk. Most people familiar with 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.


For Information Security Officers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $89K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $104K. 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 $107K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,299

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Information Security Officers that is 41 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+34 percent), Miami (+18 percent), Houston (+18 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). In Huntsville, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Colorado Springs (11 percent lower) and Dallas (9 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
$89,000



Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries


IT Security & Infrastructure
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Network Security Management
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Security Policies and Procedures
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Computer Security
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Security Testing and Auditing
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National Average
$89,000

IT Risk
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Disaster Recovery
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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