Information Security Specialist Salary

Median pay for Information Security Specialists in the United States is around $73K annually. Cash earnings for Information Security Specialists — including $10K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $114K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$46,929 - $109,899

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$14.83 - $48.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,929 - $109,899  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,113  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $8,877  
Total Pay (?
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$43,824 - $113,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $59.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,113  
   
Profit Sharing
$608 - $8,877  
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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$43,824 - $113,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for Information Security Specialist

Information security specialists are in charge of developing and implementing security measures for their organization. They are responsible for analyzing existing security procedures and suggesting changes to upper management for increased efficient and extra security. Information security specialists present their findings to managers and recommend new technologies or policy modifications. They also research security measures and concerns to develop effective strategies to mitigate security risks, as well as develop systems and techniques to handle sensitive information in a confidential way.

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Information Security Specialist Tasks

  • Coordinate with other departments to promote awareness and training on security protocols.
  • Implement, monitor, and maintain policies and standards for information technology-related controls.
  • Design audits of computer systems to ensure operational security and protection from attack.
  • Oversee and monitor routine administration of the information security department.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Security Intrusion Detection, Security Risk Management, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $62K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $78K. Information Security Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Information Security Specialists report making only $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 48 percent, Information Security Specialists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+14 percent) and Atlanta (+9 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Security Intrusion Detection
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Computer Security
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$72,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 11%
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