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IT Security Average Salaries in United States 2020

How much money does a person working in IT Security make in United States?


Average Yearly Salary
114,000 USD
( 9,510 USD monthly)

LOW
90,200
USD
AVERAGE
114,000
USD
HIGH
134,000
USD

A person working in IT Security in United States typically earns around 114,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 90,200 USD (lowest average) to 134,000 USD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different IT Security careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Chief Information Security Officer139,000 USD
Cross Platform Security Manager133,000 USD
Data Security Manager126,000 USD
Information Security Administrator106,000 USD
Information Security Analyst111,000 USD
Information Security Engineer90,500 USD
Information Security Manager141,000 USD
Information Security Specialist108,000 USD

IT Security Jobs Salary Distribution in United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States IT Security
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    IT Security salaries in United States range from 90,200 USD per year (minimum average salary) to 134,000 USD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 114,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in IT Security are earning less than 114,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 114,000 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in IT Security are earning less than 91,900 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 91,900 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in IT Security are earning less than 124,000 USD while 25% are earning more than 124,000 USD.


What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.


Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

IT Security Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States IT Security
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in United States who work in IT Security earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
117,000 USD
Female-4%
112,000 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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IT Security Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for IT Security professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

IT Security

IT Security professionals in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States IT Security
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
4%
Energy
8%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
7%
Travel
2%
Construction
6%
Education
1%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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IT Security Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States IT Security
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IT Security is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff in IT Security reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
54%
No Bonus
46%

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.


What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.


Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

IT Security Hourly Average Wage in United States


55 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 55 USD. This means that the average person in United States earns approximately 55 USD for every worked hour.


Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

IT Security VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between IT Security and Information Technology yearly United States
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The average salary for IT Security is 20% more than that of Information Technology. Also, Information Technology salaries are 0% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta115,000 USD
Austin134,000 USD
Baltimore117,000 USD
Boston124,000 USD
Bristol96,700 USD
Chicago132,000 USD
Cincinnati97,600 USD
Cleveland101,000 USD
Dallas136,000 USD
Denver123,000 USD
Detroit124,000 USD
Honolulu96,300 USD
Houston142,000 USD
Indianapolis121,000 USD
Iowa City94,200 USD
Jacksonville131,000 USD
Kansas City111,000 USD
Kent95,300 USD
Las Vegas116,000 USD
Long Beach110,000 USD
Los Angeles138,000 USD
Memphis121,000 USD
Miami112,000 USD
Minneapolis101,000 USD
New Orleans106,000 USD
New York146,000 USD
Oakland108,000 USD
Oklahoma City114,000 USD
Orlando102,000 USD
Philadelphia134,000 USD
Phoenix132,000 USD
Sacramento113,000 USD
San Antonio138,000 USD
San Diego131,000 USD
San Francisco126,000 USD
San Jose129,000 USD
Seattle121,000 USD
Tampa106,000 USD
Vancouver95,800 USD
Washington D.C.125,000 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama122,000 USD
Alaska107,000 USD
Arizona127,000 USD
Arkansas118,000 USD
California134,000 USD
Colorado121,000 USD
Connecticut118,000 USD
Delaware110,000 USD
District of Columbia108,000 USD
Florida134,000 USD
Georgia132,000 USD
Hawaii113,000 USD
Idaho113,000 USD
Illinois133,000 USD
Indiana127,000 USD
Iowa118,000 USD
Kansas118,000 USD
Kentucky122,000 USD
Louisiana122,000 USD
Maine112,000 USD
Maryland127,000 USD
Massachusetts127,000 USD
Michigan132,000 USD
Minnesota125,000 USD
Mississippi118,000 USD
Missouri126,000 USD
Montana112,000 USD
Nebraska116,000 USD
Nevada118,000 USD
New Hampshire113,000 USD
New Jersey132,000 USD
New Mexico117,000 USD
New York137,000 USD
North Carolina121,000 USD
North Dakota98,600 USD
Ohio122,000 USD
Oklahoma111,000 USD
Oregon111,000 USD
Pennsylvania124,000 USD
Rhode Island101,000 USD
South Carolina114,000 USD
South Dakota102,000 USD
Tennessee118,000 USD
Texas126,000 USD
Utah108,000 USD
Vermont99,800 USD
Virginia121,000 USD
Washington120,000 USD
West Virginia107,000 USD
Wisconsin117,000 USD
Wyoming99,200 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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