IT Security Pros See Rise in Salaries
Lead software security engineers, security consultants and others tasked with repelling cyber-threats can expect to earn six-figure salaries per year.Salaries for security tech professionals can greatly exceed the baseline for IT professional salaries, according to a report from Dice, the IT jobs portal. Lead software security engineers, directors of security, security consultants and others tasked with repelling cyber-threats can expect to earn six-figure salaries per year, so long as their skills, experience and certifications prove to be a match for demanding roles that are continuously evolving, the report noted. The average salary for a lead software security engineer was $233,333-- depending on the specific job. A person in this role might be tasked with doing everything from maintaining and deploying training programs for employees to developing security-related aspects of application programs. The second most lucrative position was chief security officer, with an average salary of $225,000, followed by global information security director, which pays $200,000 a year on average.
"Today, security continues to serve as one of the hottest skillsets that companies are looking for, in large part a result of the high-profile security breaches that have taken place in recent years," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, told eWEEK. "Companies want to be certain that they are protected from both internal and external threats. With that said, they want to make sure they are hiring top security talent and are comfortable offering higher salaries to ensure they’re protected."