Top 10 Highest-Paying Security Jobs?!

I always look askance at articles like “10 high-est paying IT security jobs” as posted at CSO Online especially when it comes to the numbers? Where is the data from? What was the sample size? And all those other statistical-type questions.

So while we can’t necessarily trust the numbers, maybe we can trust the positions. I’ve broken them out by management and by technical positions based on my own biased heuristics. 🙂 The numbers reflect the salary level of the original article


2. Chief security officer
3. Global information security director
4. Security Consultant  (judgement call on my part)
5. Chief information security officer
6. Director of security
9. Application Security Manager


1. Lead software security engineer  — average salary: $233,333!
7. Cyber security lead
8. Lead security engineer
10. Cybersecurity Engineer

Call me cynical, but at least some of current security issues are reflected in the fact that 60% of the top paid job descriptions are management. And 3 of the 4 technical positions are at the bottom of the pay scale. Proof again that the further you get from the actual hands-on work, the less you actually know about the dirty details. And the devil is in the details.