Information Security Officer Salary (United States)

With more than half 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 $84,516 per year and can range from $47,725 on the lower end to $143,393 per year near the higher end. Overall cash earnings for Information Security Officers stretch from $49,065 on the lower end to $134,205 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $23K from bonuses and $7,891 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and most get vision plans, too. Men make up the vast majority of Information Security Officers (84 percent). Most Information Security Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Information Security Officer Salary (?
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$49,065 - $134,205
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MEDIAN: $85,298
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Information Security Officer Salary (?
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$10.90 - $47.40
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$49,065 - $134,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,502  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
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$47,725 - $143,393  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 738
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$10.90 - $47.40  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.67  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,502  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $7,891  
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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$47,725 - $143,393  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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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Popular Skills for Information Security Officer

Information Security Officers who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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 of 11 percent, 5 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Security Policies and Procedures also tend to 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, experience seems to be a major factor in determining pay. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $62K to $81K. Pay amounts to $100K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Information Security Officers who have made it this far report earning around $112K per year. The largest number of Information Security Officers have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Information Security Officers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Chicago, Miami, Washington, and Boston, top-paying cities where Information Security Officers see paychecks higher than average (+25 percent, +24 percent, +22 percent, and +15 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Information Security Officers in San Antonio earning a whopping 39 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Huntsville and Dallas (-20 percent and -6 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Information Security Officer Salaries

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$85,000

Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries

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$85,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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