Information Security Specialist Salary

Information Security Specialists in the United States take home an average $73K annually. Final cash compensation to Information Security Specialists varies from around $45K to approximately $115K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $13K and $6K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Most Information Security Specialists survey respondents are men (79 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$46,794 - $112,304
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$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,905
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$17.08 - $51.85
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$0$118K
Salary $46,794 - $112,304
Bonus $481.24 - $13,331
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,175
Total Pay (?
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$45,960 - $118,775
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 453
Hourly Data $0$64
Hourly Rate $17.08 - $51.85
Overtime $23.31 - $64.67
Annual Data $0$118K
Bonus $481.24 - $13,331
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,175
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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$45,960 - $118,775
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • 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

  • Design audits of computer systems to ensure operational security and protection from attack.
  • Oversee and monitor routine administration of the information security department.
  • Coordinate with other departments to promote awareness and training on security protocols.
  • Implement, monitor, and maintain policies and standards for information technology-related controls.

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Popular Skills for Information Security Specialist


Survey results imply that Information Security Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Computer Security, Network Security Management, Security Risk Management, and Security Testing and Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 10 percent. Those educated in Security Policies and Procedures tend to be well versed in IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Security Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Information Security Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Security Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Security Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Information Security Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 103 salaries. An Information Security Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 19 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,206

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Information Security Specialists, 35 percent higher than the national average. Information Security Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Phoenix (+24 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Tampa (+11 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Jacksonville and Raleigh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Information Security Specialist

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Information Security Specialist Salaries

▲45%

▲29%

▲12%

National Average
$73,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Information Security Specialist Salaries


Computer Security
▲8%





Cyber Security
▲3%

Web Security & Encryption
▲1%

National Average
$73,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 8%
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