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Average CISSP Salary in the DC-MD-VA Metro Area [2017]

July 17, 2017

Bita Beigishah

CISSP Certification Holders Earn an Average of $116,296 in DC and Virginia

The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification by (ISC)² is a globally recognized credential for information security managers and one of the most highly sought after and lucrative certs in the industry. According to PayScale.com, CISSP holders in 2017 can easily earn annual salaries over $100,000 throughout the United States.

The top earning states for CISSPs along with their average salaries include:

  • California – $122,188
  • New York – $120,165
  • Washington, DC – $120,066
  • Virginia – $108,526
  • Texas – $102,041
  • Georgia – $101,597
  • Florida – $97,955

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(ISC)² CISSP Salary – Based on Years of Experience

CISSP is an advanced level certification that requires a minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience in 2 of the CISSP’s 8 domains. Therefore, most of the salary records are for professionals with more than 5 years of professional experience. Average salaries are:

  • $93,539 for 5-9 years of experience
  • $113,166 for 10-19 years of experience
  • $128,010 for 20+ years of experience

Top CISSP Jobs in 2017

CISSPs tend to hold one of the job titles listed below and the average salaries for these positions in 2017 range from $89,781 – $162,363.

  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Manager
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Security Architect, IT
  • Security Engineer
  • Information Security Officer
  • Information Security Engineer

While CISSPs can find well-paying jobs throughout the world, positions are more readily available in the DC, Maryland and Virginia metro areas. Top employers include a number of government agencies, military branches, and government contractors; most likely due to the certification’s position on the DoD 8570.01-M directive. CISSP is an approved certification for:

  • IAT Level III
  • IAM Level II & III
  • IASAE Level I & III
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