The CISSP has long been considered as the gold standard of security certifications and that would be adding those letters who would be your next to your name is no easy task. In order to even qualify yourself, you’re required to have a minimum of 5 years full-time experience directly in the Information Security field, or 4 years experience and that would be considered a college degree.
CISSP would be standing for Certified Information Systems Security Professional. The certification is going to be presented and developed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)²), a global non-profit organization that would be specializing in IT security. Often expressed as the world’s largest IT Security organization, (ISC)² would be maintaining a Common Body of Knowledge for the domain, and that would be offering various security certifications, including CSSLP, CISSP, and CAP.
The vendor-neutral CISSP certification is going to be an ideal credential for those who would be proven to have deep managerial and technical competence, skills, experience, and credibility in order to design, implement, engineer, and manage their overall information security program so as to protect the organizations from growing sophisticated attacks. Gaining this certification isn’t going to be such an easy task, unless, you are having a good training session, that would be provided by the SPOTO.
As per the (ISC)², as of October 2016, only 89,932 people who would be holding the certification worldwide. Earlier this month, according to the survey done by PayScale that would be surveyed a group of 3,872 CISSPs finding their average yearly salary ranged from $54,820 to $152,311 depending on the participant's location, job title and years of experience.
According to the study, the highest populations of CISSPs are going to be located in Washington DC, New York City, and Atlanta Georgia. The city with the highest average salary was New York City, which would be coming in at $119,840 per year. You could see the respective median salary of each city which is mentioned below:
2018 CISSP Mean Salary By City
Washington, District of Columbia $110,142.00
New York, New York $119,840.00
Atlanta, Georgia $96,372.00
Chicago, Illinois $101,687.00
San Diego, California $102,421.00
Dallas, Texas $102,439.00
Boston, Massachusetts $103,520.00
It should come as no surprise that the more experience that you have, the more money you would make. You could see the Median Salary for a CISSP which would be based off years experience below:
2018 CISSP Mean Salary by Years Experience
Less than 1 year $51,244.00
1-4 years $69,899.00
5-9 years $87,005.00
10-19 years $102,591.00
20+ years $117,291.00
Finally, here’s a look at the job titles that would have the highest median salary. Below mentioned are the job titles like the Security Architects, Information Security Managers and Information Technology Directors that would be earning the highest wages.
2019 CISSP Mean Salary by Job Title:
Information Security Analyst $80,540.00
Information Security Manager $105,152.00
Security Consultant $93,529.00
Information Security Officer $103,183.00
Information technology (IT) Director $105,112.00
Security Architect, IT $110,451.00
Security Engineer, Information Systems $92,793.00
One particularly interesting finding of this study is that women who are holding the CISSP certification earn significantly less than that of male counterparts. The average salary for a female CISSP would be falling between $73,627 and $111,638, while the average male salary would be around $78,788 and $119,184.
The CISSP is considered to be a foundational certification for those who are seeking a higher level security profession and one of the most highly sought after certification in the IT industry.
So, if you gain such a high salary earning certification, you are required to have a good training session, which would be obtained by joining a good training provider like the SPOTO.