Information Security Specialist Salary

Information Security Specialists in the United States take home an average $73K per year. Total cash compensation for Information Security Specialists runs from $45K to $115K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Information Security Specialists who answered the questionnnaire.

$46,240 - $110,119
$46K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,426
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$17.84 - $50.34
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$0$115K
Salary $46,240 - $110,119
Bonus $492.56 - $13,642
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,000
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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$45,316 - $115,394
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 431
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $17.84 - $50.34
Overtime $23.41 - $64.35
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $492.56 - $13,642
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,000
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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$45,316 - $115,394
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Information Security Specialist


Survey results suggest that Information Security Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Network Security Management, Security Risk Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Those proficient in Security Policies and Procedures are, more often than not, also skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Information Security Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Security Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Security Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Information Security Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 103 salaries. An Information Security Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 19 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,600

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

With a pay rate for Information Security Specialists that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Phoenix (+23 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Tampa (+10 percent). In Portland, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Jacksonville and Raleigh (15 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Information Security Specialist

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries

▲46%

▲30%

▲13%

National Average
$73,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Computer Security
▲9%






Cyber Security
▲4%

Web Security & Encryption
▲2%

National Average
$73,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 8%
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