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IT security salary survey: What happened in 2013, forecast for 2014

The value of information security professionals can outweigh security technology. Does your organization show you the money?

As we reported last fall, the 2013 Global Information Security Workforce Survey (conducted by Frost & Sullivan) indicates that demand for information security professionals was expected to increase by 12% in the Americas in the next 12 months, with an estimate of 164,000 new IT security related jobs.

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While many companies have trouble filling their IT security pipelines with skilled security professionals, some highly qualified people are finding it hard to land interviews, let alone job offers. "For those of us looking to move into positions of security architecture, policy, or just to another organization, it appears there is a glut of information security," observed David H., one reader seeking job market advice.

As information security professionals assess their current positions and worth in 2014, new data on compensation offers insight into our readers' careers. (See "Security Salary Survey: Moving in the Right Direction?" pg. xx.) The TechTarget IT Salary Survey 2013, which polled 1,711 IT professionals in North America last fall, provides a closer look at the compensation and career satisfaction of 350 survey respondents who indicated that their jobs are focused on IT security.

More than half of IT security professionals surveyed in Q3 2013 received a raise.

How do the 2013 responses compare to the prior year's survey results? The TechTarget IT Salary Survey 2012 polled 2,277 IT professionals in North America. Roughly 200 of those surveyed indicated IT security, compliance, risk management or disaster recovery as their primary role within the organization. More than half of those surveyed (55%) expected a raise in the next 12 months, but less than half anticipated a bonus (43%). Close to one-quarter (23%) anticipated that their IT security salary would stay the same in 2013.

Turns out, those respondents were largely on the mark. According to those surveyed in Q3 2013, more than half received a raise (54%), about one-third (32%) received a bonus, and close to one-quarter (23%) reported that their IT security salary remained the same. As we reported last fall, organizations that are not in the security business may have a hard time justifying an IT security salary that pays a premium to seasoned information security professionals.

Be sure to check out more of our IT security salary survey data in the new infographic section of Information Security magazine. The use of more infographics is part of our new look, aimed at providing our readers must-read content that's easier to navigate. Like the changes? Let us know what you think.

About the author:
Kathleen Richards is the features editor of Information Security magazine. Follow her on Twitter @RichardsKath.

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