Information Security Specialist Salary

Earnings for Information Security Specialists in the United States come in at around $74K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Information Security Specialists is high. There are far more male Information Security Specialists survey respondents than women, making up 80 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$46,978 - $110,358
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$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,853
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$14.81 - $42.94
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$43
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,978 - $110,358  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,834  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $5,896  
Total Pay (?
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$43,512 - $112,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $42.94  
   
Overtime
$18.88 - $57.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,834  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $5,896  
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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$43,512 - $112,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 21 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in IT Security & Infrastructure indicates knowledge of 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $62K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $75K. Information Security Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $92K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Information Security Specialists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+18 percent) and Washington (+16 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, St. Louis 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
up arrow 14%


National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Security Intrusion Detection
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Computer Security
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Security Testing and Auditing
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National Average
$73,000

IT Security & Infrastructure
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 13%