Information Security Specialist Salary

The average Information Security Specialist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $72K per year. Final cash compensation to Information Security Specialists varies from around $44K to approximately $115K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $9K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Information Security Specialists are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Information Security Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance.

$45,881 - $112,391
(Median)
$46K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,288
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$14.80 - $48.97
(Median)
$15
$24
$49
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,881 - $112,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
Profit Sharing
$34.77 - $9,060  
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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$44,386 - $114,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 410
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.80 - $48.97  
   
Overtime
$20.36 - $59.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
   
Profit Sharing
$34.77 - $9,060  
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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$44,386 - $114,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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 pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Security Intrusion Detection, Network Security Management, and Security Risk Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $61K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $94K in this role. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $84K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,583

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Information Security Specialists in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent) and Seattle (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (6 percent lower) and St. Louis (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Security Intrusion Detection
up arrow 23%

Network Security Management
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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 38 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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