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 worldwideEarlier this month, the folks over at PayScale.com 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. You can see each city’s respective median salary in the image below:

CISSP Median Salary By City 2013

2014 CISSP Median Salary By City (Click to Enlarge)

It should come as no surprise that the more experience you have, the more money you will make. You can see the Median Salary for a CISSP based off years experience below:

CISSP Median Salary By Years Experience 2013

2013 CISSP Median Salary By Years Experience

Want to learn more?? The InfoSec Institute CISSP Training course trains and prepares you to pass the premier security certification, the CISSP. Professionals that hold the CISSP have demonstrated that they have deep knowledge of all 10 Common Body of Knowledge Domains, and have the necessary skills to provide leadership in the creation and operational duties of enterprise wide information security programs.

InfoSec Institute's proprietary CISSP certification courseware materials are always up to date and synchronized with the latest ISC2 exam objectives. Our industry leading course curriculum combined with our award-winning CISSP training provided by expert instructors delivers the platform you need in order to pass the CISSP exam with flying colors. You will leave the InfoSec Institute CISSP Boot Camp with the knowledge and domain expertise to successfully pass the CISSP exam the first time you take it. Some benefits of the CISSP Boot Camp are:

  • Dual Certification - CISSP and ISSEP/ISSMP/ISSAP
  • We have cultivated a strong reputation for getting at the secrets of the CISSP certification exam
  • Our materials are always updated with the latest information on the exam objectives: This is NOT a Common Body of Knowledge review-it is intense, successful preparation for CISSP certification.
  • We focus on preparing you for the CISSP certification exam through drill sessions, review of the entire Common Body of Knowledge, and practical question and answer scenarios, all following a high-energy seminar approach.

Finally, here’s a look at the job titles that have the highest median salary. You can see from the image below that Security Architects, Information Security Managers and Information Technology Directors earn the highest wages.

CISSP Median Salary By Job Title 2013

2014 CISSP Median Salary By Job Title (Click to Enlarge)

One particularly interesting finding of this study is that women who hold the CISSP cert earn significantly less than their male counterparts. The average salary for a female CISSP falls between $73,627 and $111,638, while the average male salary is between $78,788 and $119,184. 

The CISSP is a foundational certification for those seeking a higher level security profession as well as one of the most highly sought after certs in the IT industry. For more information on how you can start the CISSP certification process, fill out the form below to find out about our various training options (self paced, online mentored & instructor lead) and pricing information.

If you’re looking for additional information on the 10 Domains of the CBK (the “Common Body of Knowledge” upon which the CISSP exam is based), we’ve covered each extensively in our series: The CISSP Domains- An Overview

Also, see what our Instructor Kelly has to say about our CISSP training:

References:

[1] https://www.isc2.org/Member-Counts.aspx

[2] http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Certification=Certified_Information_Systems_Security_Professional_(CISSP)/Salary

[3] http://www.infosecinstitute.com/certifications/cissp-certification.html