2014 US IT Salary Survey: Security

May 19, 2014


While workers in most industries are still laboring in fear of joining the unemployment line, information security professionals are calmly testing the job market for better benefits and higher salaries — not because they have to, but because they can. Some stats:

>> 70% of staffers say outsourcing has had no impact on their career paths.

>> 50% of managers say they’re challenged intellectually with the projects they are working on.

>> 18% of staffers say they’re very satisfied with their jobs.

>> 17% of managers received raises of more than 10% in the past year.

Respondent breakdown: 49% work for companies with 5,000 or more employees; 28% are at companies with more than 20,000. Banking, the federal government, and consulting and business services are well-represented. (R7860514-SEC)



Survey Name    InformationWeek 2014 US IT Salary Survey: Security


Survey Date   February 2014


Region   United States


Number of Respondents    621 IT security professionals composed of 369 staff and 252 managers


Purpose   To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, InformationWeek conducts an annual US IT Salary Survey. Now in its 17th year, it’s the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. This year 11,662 full-time IT professionals completed the web-based survey. The goal of this trendable study is to measure various aspects of compensation, benefits, and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 621 IT security professionals who participated in the survey.


Methodology   The survey was designed by InformationWeek and fielded online. The survey was promoted in ­InformationWeek’s daily and weekly newsletters. In addition, email invitations with an embedded link to the survey were sent to qualified IT professionals from UBM Tech databases. The survey was fielded from November 2013 to ­February 2014.

The information within this report is based on responses from 621 IT security professionals. Unemployed and part-time workers were excluded from these results, as were respondents from outside the United States. This report uses median rather than mean or average figures for salary and percentage salary changes to eliminate distortions caused by extremes at the high and low ends of the responses.


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