Research: 2012 IT Salary Survey, Security

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IT’s Hottest ‘Necessary Evil’

Our 2012 InformationWeek Salary Survey shows that, while IT security pros may still find themselves in a position of defending their roles, they’re also in a good spot when it comes to salary and overall compensation. We heard from 725 security respondents and found that the median base salary for staffers is up a tidy $7,000 this year; managers also got a bump.

Survey Name InformationWeek 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey: Security
Survey Date January 2012
Region United States
Number of Respondents 725 IT security professionals in 2012, including 418 IT staff and 307 IT managers.
Purpose To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, ­InformationWeek conducts an annual U.S. IT Salary Survey. Now in its 15th year, it’s the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. Last year, 18,201 full-time IT professionals completed the Web-based survey. This year, 13,880 took part. The goal of this study is to measure various aspects of compensation, ­benefits, and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 725 IT security professionals who participated in ­
the survey.

Methodology The survey was designed by InformationWeek and fielded online. The survey was promoted in InformationWeek’s daily and weekly newsletters. In addition, email invitations with an embedded link to the survey were sent to qualified IT professionals from InformationWeek Business Technology Network print, newsletter and events databases. The survey was fielded from November 2011 to January 2012.
The information in this report is based on responses from 725 IT security professionals. Unemployed and part-time workers were excluded from these results, as were respondents from outside the United States. This report uses median rather than mean or average figures for salary and percentage salary changes to eliminate distortions caused by extremes at the high or low ends of the responses. (R4150412-SEC)



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