Unlimited Career Path for Security Pros

Thursday, August 29, 2013 @ 05:08 PM gHale

If you are looking for a challenge and a good salary, then it is a good time to be a cyber-security professional.

With continued staffing shortages estimated to be between 20,000 and 40,000 nationwide, information security workers are in the driver’s seat in terms of jobs for the foreseeable future.

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The average cyber-security worker earns $116,000, according to a recent survey from Semper Secure, a public-private partnership that aims to increase the number and quality of cyber-security professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

That level of compensation is vital for the nearly 40 percent of respondents who work in two of the nation’s most expensive places to live: California and the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Still, money is not the top priority among the survey’s 500 respondents, who listed challenging work, a sense of importance and the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology as more important considerations than salary.

Semper Secure and survey partner MeriTalk believe that money may be more important than respondents are letting on, so they’ve put together a salary calculator that security pros can use to get an idea of what they should be making based on location, job title, experience, degrees and certifications.

Click here to view the salary calculator.

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