Information Security Officer Salary

Information Security Officers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than half of Information Security Officers. Salaries average out to around $90K annually and spread from $55K to $141K per year. In the world of Information Security Officers, overall income ranges from $55K near the bottom to $141K at the top; this can include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Men account for the majority of Information Security Officers who responded to the questionnaire — 81 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,753 - $133,921
$57K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,154
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90%

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$14.78 - $80.53
$15
$44
$81
MEDIAN: $43.82
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$0$143K
Salary $56,753 - $133,921
Bonus $993 - $19,668
Profit Sharing $250.00 - $10,000
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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$56,469 - $143,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 720
Hourly Data $0$122
Hourly Rate $14.78 - $80.53
Overtime $21.24 - $122.25
Annual Data $0$143K
Bonus $993 - $19,668
Profit Sharing $250.00 - $10,000
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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$56,469 - $143,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 39

Job Description for Information Security Officer

Information security officers are primarily responsible for ensuring data security within their organization. They are in charge of implementing effective technology solutions that prevent internal and external malicious users from compromising data integrity. They install a variety of hardware devices such as routers that ensure data protection by requiring credentials before accessing sensitive data. Additionally, information security officers install software applications that filter network traffic to avoid unwanted intrusions.

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Information Security Officer Tasks

  • Implement and monitor information security requirements, policies, and compliance.
  • Assist with regulatory and data transfer procedures.
  • Document and communicate policies, queries, vulnerabilities, and current state of the system.
  • Oversee training, policies, and practices, including audits, to ensure systems are securely operated.
  • Identify risks by role, software, information type, and other categories and define acceptable and mitigation strategies.

Common Career Paths for Information Security Officer


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Information Security Officers often transition into Chief Information Security Officer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Chief Information Security Officers earn $157K per year.

Information Security Officer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Information Security Officer


Those at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $88K.

Popular Skills for Information Security Officer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in HIPAA Compliance, Security Risk Management, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Computer Security are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Regulatory Compliance, Project Management, and Disaster Recovery. Most people who know Security Policies and Procedures also know IT Security & Infrastructure and Security Testing and Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Officer

Pay by Experience for an Information Security Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Security Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 241 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An 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 $90,000 based on 254 salaries. An experienced Information Security Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 330 salaries. An 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 $111,000 based on 87 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,167

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

For Information Security Officers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Information Security Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Colorado Springs and Dallas (12 percent lower).

Information Security Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Information Security Officer?

Information Security Officer in New York:
"Office Conditions."
Pros: After implementing a Information Security and Business Continuity program, there has been a better corporate culture and control of information and processes. The program gives organization importance.
Cons: Hard to gain management support at all times. Feel underpaid for the amount of work that I have completed and continue to do.

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Key Stats for Information Security Officer

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Information Security Officer Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$92,000

▼3%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Information Security Officer Salaries

HIPAA Compliance
▲10%




Network Security Management
▲1%


National Average
$92,000


IT Risk
▼8%

Security Intrusion Detection
▼14%

Disaster Recovery
▼15%

Regulatory Compliance
▼15%

Project Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 14%