Information Security Specialist Salary

Information Security Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $73K per year. Total cash compensation for Information Security Specialists runs from $44K to $113K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Information Security Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Information Security Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half.

$46,911 - $109,638
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MEDIAN: $73,154
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$14.82 - $49.32
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$46,911 - $109,638  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,125  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $8,877  
Total Pay (?
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$43,574 - $113,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$19.01 - $56.91  
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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$43,574 - $113,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 wide range of professional skills. 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. Most people skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure are similarly competent in 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $62K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $77K. Information Security Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $92K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $83K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Information Security Specialists, 30 percent higher than the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+15 percent) and Atlanta (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Antonio.

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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
31%
10-19 years
20%
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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