Information Security Officer Salary

Information Security Officers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with over one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $86K annually on average but can range from $49K to $142K per year. Total cash compensation to Information Security Officers bottoms out near $49K and approaches $142K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Male Information Security Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a strong majority have vision insurance, as well. Most Information Security Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,870 - $132,652
(Median)
$50K
$86K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,290
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$12.18 - $67.98
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$12
$25
$68
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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


Survey results show that Information Security Officers typically report just a few professional 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. 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.


For many Information Security Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $67K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $85K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $104K on average. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,400

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

Information Security Officers will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 65 percent. Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+61 percent), New York (+47 percent), Chicago (+39 percent), and Boston (+36 percent). Information Security Officers in Huntsville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Houston (12 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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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