Median pay for Information Security Specialists in the United States is around $71K per year. Total cash compensation to Information Security Specialists approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $114K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $13K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Information Security Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,507 - $108,589
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MEDIAN: $71,418
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$17.80 - $52.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,507 - $108,589  
   
Bonus
$494.93 - $13,474  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,161  
Total Pay (?
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$44,595 - $113,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$17.80 - $52.10  
   
Overtime
$21.45 - $59.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$494.93 - $13,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,161  
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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$44,595 - $113,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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


Information Security Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Network Security Management, Computer Security, Security Risk Management, and Cyber Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. Most people who know Security Policies and Procedures also know IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Specialist

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


Information Security Specialists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $81K. Information Security Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $96K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,071

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

For Information Security Specialists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Phoenix (+26 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Jacksonville and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (13 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Information Security Specialist

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries


Computer Security
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National Average
$71,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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