Information Security Officer Salary

Just below three-fifths of Information Security Officers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $48K to $145K per year, and the average comes out to $86K per year. Total cash compensation to Information Security Officers bottoms out near $48K and approaches $145K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $23K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. The vast majority (82 percent) of Information Security Officers who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,592 - $135,743
(Median)
$50K
$86K
$140K
MEDIAN: $86,311
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$11.27 - $65.25
(Median)
$11
$23
$65
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,592 - $135,743  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,859  
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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$48,223 - $144,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 846
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $65.25  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.78  
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 - $22,859  
   
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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$48,223 - $144,567  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Officer


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Information Security Officers who transition into a Chief Information Security Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $146K per year.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Survey takers who work as 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, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Security Policies and Procedures are 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.


Information Security Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $65K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $84K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $103K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $113K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Officers, busy Portland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 62 percent above the national average. Information Security Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+47 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), Miami (+22 percent), and Boston (+21 percent). Information Security Officers in Huntsville report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 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 San Antonio (11 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
$86,000



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
$86,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 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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