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September 2003

In 2003, information security salaries climb in shaky job market

Quality of life is what Mike Henry sought when he left his high-paying consulting job. The grueling schedule and high pressure was robbing him and his family of quality time. He wanted a break. Henry knew he would take a hit in the wallet when he took a position at Applied Materials, a $5 billion company that makes manufacturing equipment for high-tech OEMs. As a consultant who holds a CISSP, he commanded $150-an-hour rates and collected a handsome $220,000 salary. In contrast, his new position as senior director of global information security pays a base salary of $165,000 and potential bonus of 35%. "I had to readjust my values and standard of living," Henry explains. "I'm a divorced father with two girls. My job became less about a chase for dollars and more about quality of life." Infosecurity practitioners are living in a mixed job market, according to salary research conducted by Foote Partners, an IT salary research and consulting firm, and an independent survey of more than 2,300 Information Security readers. According ...

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