Are You Paid More Than a CISSP?

147289735teaserFollowing up on our post last week covering salaries for cleared professionals in DC, recently published the results of their survey looking at the average salaries of CISSPs. Their key finding related to our area was that DC had one of the highest populations of CISSPs earning an average salary of $110K. This is about the same that we reported on the other day.

Some of their other findings included:

  • $54,820 to $152,311 average salary
  • More experience == more money
  • Highest salaries belong to Security Architects ($110K), Information Security Managers ($105K) and Information Technology Directors ($105K)


The CISSP has long been considered the gold standard of security certifications and adding those letters next to your name is no easy task. In order to even qualify, you’re required to have a minimum of 5 years full time experience directly in the infosec field, or 4 years experience and a college degree. According to (ISC)², as of October 2013, only 89,932 people hold the certification worldwide. Earlier this month, the folks over at surveyed a group of 3,872 CISSPs finding their average yearly salary ranged from $54,820 to $152,311 (quite a spread)- depending on the participants location, years of experience and job title.

According to the study, the highest population of CISSPs are located in Washington DC, New York City and Atlanta Georgia. The city with the highest average salary was New York City, coming in at $119,840/yr.

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