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CISO Salary

National Average
$76,000 $171,538 /year $263,000
$82 /hour
National Average
$6,333 $14,294 /month $21,917
$82 /hour
National Average
$1,462 $3,298 /week $5,058
$82 /hour
National Average
$36.54 $82 /hour $126.44
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $250,000 $20,833 $4,807 $120
75th Percentile $205,000 $17,083 $3,942 $99
Average $171,538 $14,294 $3,298 $82
25th Percentile $116,500 $9,708 $2,240 $56
CISO Salary Comparison by Location
Nationwide
United States
$171,538
$14,294
$3,298
$82
Ashburn, VA
Virginia
$185,107
$15,426
$3,560
$89

How much does a CISO make?

As of May 13, 2022, the average annual pay for a CISO in the United States is $171,538 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $82.47 an hour. This is the equivalent of $3,299/week or $14,295/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $263,000 and as low as $76,000, the majority of CISO salaries currently range between $116,500 (25th percentile) to $205,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $250,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a CISO varies greatly (by as much as $88,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the CISO job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A CISO in your area makes on average $185,107 per year, or $13,569 (8%) more than the national average annual salary of $171,538. Virginia ranks number 24 out of 50 states nationwide for CISO salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for CISO jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a CISO on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for CISO Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a CISO job is above the national average. Topping the list is Sunnyvale, CA, with Santa Cruz, CA and Santa Rosa, CA close behind in the second and third positions. Santa Rosa, CA beats the national average by $31,050 (18.1%), and Sunnyvale, CA furthers that trend with another $37,808 (22.0%) above the $171,538 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a CISO appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 8% between Sunnyvale, CA and Ketchikan, AK, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a CISO role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Sunnyvale, CA$209,347$17,446$4,026$100.65
Santa Cruz, CA$208,183$17,349$4,004$100.09
Santa Rosa, CA$202,588$16,882$3,896$97.40
Williston, ND$198,972$16,581$3,826$95.66
Manhattan, NY$198,449$16,537$3,816$95.41
Barnstable Town, MA$197,290$16,441$3,794$94.85
Cambridge, MA$196,230$16,353$3,774$94.34
Arlington, VA$194,890$16,241$3,748$93.70
Dickinson, ND$193,696$16,141$3,725$93.12
Ketchikan, AK$192,976$16,081$3,711$92.78

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related CISO Jobs in the U.S.

Analyzing similar jobs related to the CISO job category, we found five that were relevant. However, none pay more than the $171,538 average for CISO jobs. Nevertheless CISO Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, or CTO may still be interesting positions to explore.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
CTO$165,182$13,765$3,177$79.41
Chief Information Security Officer$159,877$13,323$3,075$76.86
CISO Chief Information Security Officer$157,234$13,103$3,024$75.59
Chief Information Officer$153,679$12,807$2,955$73.88
CIO$153,679$12,807$2,955$73.88
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.
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