Chief Information Security Officer Salary

Wages for Chief Information Security Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($156K) per year. In the world of Chief Information Security Officers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $54K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $36K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $108K and $259K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Chief Information Security Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn vision coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$106,623 - $227,514
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MEDIAN: $160,174
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$45.62 - $111.12
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$0$271K
Salary $106,623 - $227,514
Bonus $5,044 - $58,446
Profit Sharing $2,000 - $47,500
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$109,114 - $271,937
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 549
Hourly Data $0$111
Hourly Rate $45.62 - $111.12
Overtime $25.00
Annual Data $0$271K
Bonus $5,044 - $58,446
Profit Sharing $2,000 - $47,500
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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$109,114 - $271,937
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 11

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Job Description for Chief Information Security Officer

Chief information security officers oversee information systems and company security for their organization. This person is expected to evaluate, report on, and suggest new ideas related to any security threats that the company currently faces, helping protect vital information and strategies. The chief information security officer typically works with a team that he or she has appointed to effectively develop the steps necessary to protect the company’s interests. Further this person must provide advice and leadership related to existing administrative security policies; this could include auditing the current systems in place, as well as directing and implementing new standards.

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Chief Information Security Officer Tasks

  • Maintain procedures, standards, and policies to protect the privacy and integrity of data.
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and security policies.
  • Provide information and training regarding information technology and security systems.
  • Develop contingency plans and manage security breaches.
  • Supervise development and application of security procedures and protocols.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Security Officer


Chief Information Security Officers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, Security Policies and Procedures, and CISSP are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Security Testing and Auditing and CISSP. The majority of those who know IT Security & Infrastructure also know Security Policies and Procedures.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Security Officer

Pay by Experience for a Chief Information Security Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Information Security Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 27 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Information Security Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $137,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced Chief Information Security Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $168,000 based on 318 salaries. A Chief Information Security Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $191,000 based on 165 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $176,930

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

Chief Information Security Officers will find that Princeton offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 34 percent. Chief Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Philadelphia (+16 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Phoenix (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Chief Information Security Officer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
39%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

▲8%

National Average
$177,000

▼5%

▼23%

▼30%

Skills That Affect Chief Information Security Officer Salaries

National Average
$177,000



Security Policies and Procedures
▼4%

CISSP
▼11%

Security Testing and Auditing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 82%
no benefits
None: 6%
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