Information Security Specialist Salary

Information Security Specialists in the United States take home approximately $72K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Information Security Specialists can bottom out near $45K or peak near $114K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Information Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Information Security Specialists survey respondents are men (77 percent). Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$45,700 - $108,504
$46K
$72K
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MEDIAN: $72,494
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$18.05 - $53.12
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,700 - $108,504  
   
Bonus
$481.77 - $14,606  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,175  
Total Pay (?
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$45,322 - $113,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.05 - $53.12  
   
Overtime
$26.64 - $59.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$481.77 - $14,606  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,175  
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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$45,322 - $113,572  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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 show that Information Security Specialists use a fair number of 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 10 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: $72,149

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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Phoenix (+24 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Tampa (+11 percent). In Portland, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Jacksonville and 13 percent less in Raleigh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries

▲47%

▲30%

▲14%

National Average
$72,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Computer Security
▲10%






Cyber Security
▲4%

Web Security & Encryption
▲2%

National Average
$72,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 7%