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How much does a CISSP make?

Average CISSP Salaries

Cybersecurity professionals who earn the CISSP are among the most sought-after security experts in the world. Through various (ISC)² research, benchmarking surveys and third-party studies, we have compiled a list of salary estimates for CISSPs around the world.*

The (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study is conducted annually to help benchmark professional development goals and salaries, as well as better understand the challenges and opportunities facing the cybersecurity profession. Based on our latest data, estimates for average CISSP salaries across the globe are contained in the table below:


Average CISSP Salary (U.S. $)

Globally $92,639
Asia-Pacific $57,179
Europe, Middle East & Africa $81,568
Latin America $22,014
North America $120,552

Additionally, the 2020 IT Skills and Salary Report – Salary and Certifications from Global Knowledge estimates average CISSPs salaries below:


Average CISSP Salary (U.S. $)

Globally $119,170
Asia-Pacific $91,631
Europe, Middle East & Africa $100,538
Latin America N/A
North America $138,647

Certification Magazine lists the top 75 highest salaried credential holders in its annual Salary Survey 75 report.


Average CISSP Salary (U.S. $)

Globally $123,490
United States $135,510

Additionally, as of July 2020, ZipRecruiter and PayScale estimate strong salaries for CISSPs in the United States at $125,470 and $112,234, respectively.

What is the CISSP?

The CISSP  (Certified Information Security Systems Professional) certification recognizes information security leaders who understand cybersecurity strategy, as well as hands-on implementation. It shows you have the knowledge and experience to design, develop and manage the overall security posture of an organization. Are you ready to prove you’re an expert? Learn more here.

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*There are many variables that may contribute to an individual’s salary attainment, including country, region, industry, years of experience, level within an organization, individual performance, an employer’s hiring and compensation practices, and more. The information shared should not be considered a guaranteed or estimated salary for all candidates earning the CISSP. Survey, response panels and research methodology vary across all the sources cited above.