Information Security Officer Salary

Information Security Officers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — over one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $55K to $139K per year, median earnings come to $89K per year. In the world of Information Security Officers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $11K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $55K and $139K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Most Information Security Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a fair number have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority of Information Security Officers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,333 - $131,861
$55K
$89K
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MEDIAN: $89,305
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$14.50 - $69.50
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,333 - $131,861  
   
Bonus
$506 - $19,852  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,766  
Total Pay (?
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$54,611 - $138,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 680
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Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $69.50  
   
Overtime
$47.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$506 - $19,852  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $10,766  
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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$54,611 - $138,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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


The biggest paychecks can be found at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — the median salary there is $88K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Information Security Officers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in HIPAA Compliance, Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Disaster Recovery. Those educated in Security Policies and Procedures tend to be well versed 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $73K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $90K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $104K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $111K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,933

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

Surpassing the national average by 42 percent, Information Security Officers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+17 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). In Portland, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Colorado Springs and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.

Information Security Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Information Security Officer?

Information Security Officer in New York:
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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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Key Stats for Information Security Officer

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Information Security Officer Salaries

▲24%

▲15%

▼0%

National Average
$90,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries

HIPAA Compliance
▲12%





Network Security Management
▲3%


National Average
$90,000

IT Risk
▼5%

Security Intrusion Detection
▼12%

Disaster Recovery
▼13%

Regulatory Compliance
▼13%

Project Management
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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