Pay for Information Security Specialists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $71K per year. Total cash earnings of Information Security Specialists range from $45K on the low end to $116K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $56K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Information Security Specialists greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,501 - $108,899
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MEDIAN: $71,362
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$15.28 - $50.67
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,501 - $108,899  
   
Bonus
$502 - $14,630  
Profit Sharing
$33.94 - $56,055  
Total Pay (?
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$44,566 - $116,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 402
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Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $50.67  
   
Overtime
$21.64 - $59.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$502 - $14,630  
   
Profit Sharing
$33.94 - $56,055  
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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$44,566 - $116,165  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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


Survey results suggest that Information Security Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Security Risk Management, Network Security Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. Most people who know 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.


For many Information Security Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $62K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $82K. Information Security Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Information Security Specialists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,550

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

For Information Security Specialists, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Information Security Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+28 percent), Phoenix (+27 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and New York (+15 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Jacksonville and 8 percent less in Tampa, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries




National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries

Computer Security
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Security Policies and Procedures
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$71,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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