Information Security Specialist Salary

Information Security Specialists in the United States pull down an average of $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 experience level 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. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction.

$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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Those familiar with Security Policies and Procedures also tend to 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $61K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Information Security Specialists make a median salary of $94K. 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 $84K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,583

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

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Information Security Specialists, 35 percent higher than the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+31 percent) and Seattle (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Jacksonville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in San Antonio and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Security Intrusion Detection
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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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