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Information Security Specialist Salary

Earnings for Information Security Specialists in the United States come in at around $75K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. The vast majority of Information Security Specialists (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Information Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction.
$46,265 - $108,981
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$46K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,899
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$15.15 - $55.75
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$46,265 - $108,981  
   
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$0.00 - $9,803  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $6,104  
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$44,981 - $113,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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$15.15 - $55.75  
   
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$28.52 - $38.94  
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$0.00 - $9,803  
   
Profit Sharing
$972 - $6,104  
Total Pay (?
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$44,981 - $113,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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


Information Security Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Security Intrusion Detection, Security Risk Management, and Security Policies and Procedures are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 13 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. The majority of those 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 $64K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $78K. Information Security Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $85K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


Information Security Specialists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$74,000


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
$74,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 12%