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What is the most money you can make as a Information Security Analyst?

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Thank you comment icon It mainly depends on following factors: 1. Location 2. Number of years of experience Salary range very high in California Bay Area/New York areas. Macdonald Macwan

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Melanie’s Answer

Hi James,
For the most part, the rate of pay will really vary on a number of factors. Your pay could vary on the company you work for - larger companies will typically pay more than smaller companies. The level of education and experience that you have - the more education/certifications you have the more someone will pay for your time. Pay levels will also include management level - so you'll get paid more in a management position where you lead people than staying in a level under a manager. You'll also find that the rate of pay depends on where you live - when you live in more expensive to live places you could have a geographic factor added to your pay to allow for that difference than employees who live in places where the living costs are less. There are sites online (like LinkedIn) where you can look at the averages of what certain positions pay in certain areas.
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Melanie for the advice. James
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Joyce’s Answer

The answers from Melanie and Kevin are exactly right. The amount of money you will make depends on a number of factors. But, I am guessing you would like to see some real income estimates. With at least a bachelors in computer science, a security certification and a few years of experience I would expect a person would make at least $100K in annual salary. At the other end of the spectrum. I know people with 20 years of experience working for the top companies in the industry in consultative or leadership roles who are making as much as $400K in annual salary.
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Kevin’s Answer

Melanie's answer is a great start. Additionally, keep in mind that pay bands will vary by function and market conditions (demand). Engineering/technical cyber security roles are generally harder to fill and therefore, there will command a higher pay bands associated with them. Other information security functions have larger resource pools so companies can offer less competitive salaries to match hiring ability.

On a broader note, pay is only one factor for the overall consideration in working for a company. As a younger professional, pay is a higher priority for the near term as one gets established into the workforce but keep in mind the other variables for consideration:

1) Role and ability to grow within team and or organization
2) One's immediate supervisor/boss and support one receives from him/her/they
3) Immediate team? Do you enjoy being around the people you work with?
4) Work and life balance
5) Pay/Salary - I label this as #5 on my scale but keep in mind, I've been working in the profession for 25 yrs.
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