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Information Security Specialist Salary

Pay for Information Security Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $74K per year. Total cash compensation for Information Security Specialists runs from $44K to $115K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$46,905 - $111,383
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$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,546
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$14.81 - $50.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,905 - $111,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$604 - $8,940  
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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$43,537 - $114,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $50.00  
   
Overtime
$18.88 - $57.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$604 - $8,940  
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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$43,537 - $114,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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. It is often found that people who know IT Security & Infrastructure are also skilled 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.


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 $77K. Information Security Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Information Security Specialists report making only $83K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Information Security Specialists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent) and Atlanta (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis.

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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 15%


National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Security Intrusion Detection
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Computer Security
up arrow 10%



IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$72,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 12%
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