Information Security Specialist Salary

Pay for Information Security Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $73K per year. Total cash compensation to Information Security Specialists bottoms out near $44K and approaches $113K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $9K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Information Security Specialists survey respondents are men (79 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Information Security Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$46,986 - $109,469
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$47K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,154
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$14.83 - $48.94
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,986 - $109,469  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,125  
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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$43,667 - $113,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $48.94  
   
Overtime
$19.15 - $59.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,125  
   
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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$43,667 - $113,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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


Survey results imply that Information Security Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $62K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $78K. Information Security Specialists bring in $92K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $83K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Specialists, New York provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent) and Atlanta (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 7 percent below 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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 11%
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