CISO Salaries on the Rise Silverbull

Average CISO Salary Up Nearly 10 % in Past Six Months

Job Market for CISOs looks promising with salaries on the rise

In today’s tech driven world, the role of the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is becoming an essential team member for organizations as everything has been turning toward web-based, cloud and mobile tech. With these constantly emerging technologies, paired with companies’ fears of being hacked, companies are expected to secure and protect their customer’s data, along with their classified internal information. CISOs are now expected to take on greater responsibilities and those increased expectations plus a shortage of qualified talent has caused a rise in salary. In the U.S., the average annual CISO salary – salary plus bonus – has risen 9.36 percent over the past six months from $203,000 in Sept. 2015 to $220,000 in February 2016.* 

Hot CISO Skills Employers Desire

  • Network Security
  • App Security
  • Breach Response Management
  • Meet Data Compliance Requirements and Prepare Reports for Compliance Agencies
  • Cloud-Based Security
  • Mobile Security and Threats
  • Vendor Risk Management
  • Security Audit Remediation
  • Develop, Implement and Monitor Strategic IT Risk Management Programs
  • Administer and Monitor Cybersecurity Training for Employees, Contractors and Third Parties
  • Establish and Maintain a Company-wide Information Security Program
  • Maintain and Publish up-to-date Information Security Policies, Standards and Guidelines

Experience Requirements

  • 10 – 15 years of Previous IT or Related Field Experience
  • 3 – 5 years of IT Leadership Experience
  • Preferred: 3- 5 year of Industry-Specific Experience

Essential Soft Skills

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Excellent Written and Verbal Communication Skills
  • Proven Ability to Influence and Direct Others
  • Excellent Leadership Abilities
  • Integrity and Confidentiality with Handling Customer and Employee Data

For the top 6 CISO candidate locations within the U.S. and more salary data, please check out our CISO salary and demand infographic today for more information.

*Salary data courtesy of