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How much can I earn working in cybersecurity?

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Cybersecurity professionals’ salaries tend to exceed the national average. The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) reports that information security analysts earned a median annual salary of $102,600 as of 2021.

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Median annual salary for cybersecurity professionals

Information Security Analysts

National data

Median Salary: $102,600

Projected job growth: 34.7%

10th Percentile: $61,520

25th Percentile: $79,400

75th Percentile: $131,340

90th Percentile: $165,920

Projected job growth: 34.7%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alaska $79,230 $61,070 $124,260
Alabama $84,970 $48,190 $162,330
Arkansas $98,320 $48,920 $138,820
Arizona $101,570 $61,600 $164,030
California $128,970 $77,750 N/A
Colorado $102,390 $60,030 $165,530
Connecticut $99,410 $77,910 $162,940
District of Columbia $124,550 $95,270 $166,660
Delaware $102,410 $77,750 $165,500
Florida $100,690 $60,590 $156,710
Georgia $101,850 $62,110 $161,070
Hawaii $99,420 $62,210 N/A
Iowa $102,080 $59,620 N/A
Idaho $98,320 $48,800 $140,770
Illinois $119,990 $62,970 $155,160
Indiana $80,170 $50,200 $127,590
Kansas $86,210 $54,610 $131,340
Kentucky $79,990 $48,630 $129,220
Louisiana $83,100 $48,780 $136,030
Massachusetts $101,380 $63,160 $165,730
Maryland $124,870 $63,160 $194,700
Maine $80,150 $59,620 $120,300
Michigan $97,980 $46,810 $132,380
Minnesota $101,000 $62,780 $151,770
Missouri $95,270 $60,490 $131,040
Mississippi $62,970 $45,880 $102,090
Montana $79,200 $48,920 $102,350
North Carolina $119,980 $64,260 $165,720
North Dakota $80,150 $38,340 $124,550
Nebraska $80,330 $59,290 $128,330
New Hampshire $102,090 $63,070 $165,730
New Jersey $127,090 $77,750 $167,810
New Mexico $119,990 $62,310 $167,520
Nevada $82,760 $61,700 $128,920
New York $127,590 $76,200 N/A
Ohio $99,040 $57,220 $133,190
Oklahoma $79,860 $48,180 $131,340
Oregon $101,390 $63,160 $162,770
Pennsylvania $98,220 $53,630 $135,410
Rhode Island $99,340 $61,750 $151,760
South Carolina $99,050 $48,770 $131,340
South Dakota $99,040 $77,500 $129,800
Tennessee $82,650 $56,590 $132,260
Texas $100,680 $60,680 $154,880
Utah $98,870 $59,620 $156,660
Virginia $126,230 $63,090 $167,930
Vermont N/A N/A N/A
Washington $127,370 $75,150 $165,730
Wisconsin $98,170 $49,040 $131,040
West Virginia $79,860 $60,680 $131,830

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2021 median salary; projected job growth through 2031. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Factors that affect salary

As with any career, a number of factors can have a large impact on the particular salary a given individual makes. Chief among these is education and experience. Other factors can include location and certifications.

How do cyber security salaries compare to other IT careers?

Because individual cybersecurity jobs feature so much specialization, the BLS only highlights a single cybersecurity career: information security analyst.

However, typical roles for information security analysts mirror those of several other cybersecurity positions, including detecting security breaches, installing and using software, researching IT security trends, and suggesting security enhancements.

Career Median Annual Salary
Information Security Analysts $102,600
Computer and Information Research Scientists $131,490
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $80,600
Computer and Information Systems Managers $159,010
Computer Network Architects $120,520

Cybersecurity salary and employment by industry

Since businesses of all kinds increasingly depend on computer networks and systems for their daily operations, cybersecurity graduates can find career paths in nearly any industry. Some industries, however, employ more experts and offer better salary compensation than others.

Industries employing the highest number of cybersecurity professionals

Industry by BLS ClassificationEmployment% of Industry Employment
Computer Systems Design and Related Services42,5901.88
Management of Companies and Enterprises14,7900.58
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 and 5223 only)10,1700.51
Other Information Services10,1302.79
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services8,6600.56

Top-paying industries

IndustryHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services$83.30$173,250
Other Information Services$71.90$149,540
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing$69.25$144,040
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities$68.30$142,070
Motion Picture and Video Industries$67.82$141,070

Cybersecurity salaries by metro area

The availability of certain top-employing and high-paying industries also impacts the outlook for cybersecurity careers in different locations. Cities with large healthcare, finance, and IT sectors may need to employ more skilled cybersecurity specialists.

Metro Area Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $140,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA $132,600
Trenton, NJ $129,040
Idaho Falls, ID $128,880
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA $128,530
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA $128,370
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC $127,660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $127,370
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD $127,200
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA $126,250

Cybersecurity job outlook 

The cybersecurity industry suffers from limited qualified personnel, evident by the much faster than average BLS-predicted job growth of 33%. As the world increasingly shifts to digital solutions and more computer infrastructure is built, the disparity between supply and demand in this field will likely increase.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies has also released data showing that the demand for cybersecurity specialists is increasing twelve times faster than the average demand for other professionals in the United States.