2019 US Cybersecurity Salary & Employment Study


This article citing the US Cybersecurity Salary & Employment study originally appeared on Comparitech here, and an excerpt appears below.

2019 US Cybersecurity Salary & Employment Study – which state has the best prospects?

In a world where data protection is becoming increasingly important, cybersecurity roles are at the heart of many companies’ employment strategies.

Often defined as “information security analysts,” these roles involve planning and implementing security measures that help protect an organization’s computer systems and networks. This includes installing software, i.e. firewalls and data encryption programs, investigating security breaches, and looking for potential vulnerabilities before they are exploited.

In 2018, the average salary for cybersecurity roles was $92,789 per year, and over the next 10 years (2018 to 2028), the job growth for these roles is 32 percent (much higher than the average of 5 percent).

So how do these roles shape up on a state-by-state basis (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico)?

We reveal where the cybersecurity job hotspots are, including where you’ll get the highest salary, where the most jobs are, and where the best long-term projections for these roles are.

US Cybersecurity Job Hotspots

The top-scoring states for cybersecurity roles

According to our research, Virginia is the best state to be an information security analyst. It was the highest-ranking state for the number of people currently employed in these roles and employment per 1,000 jobs. It also received a high score for its average annual salary and the number of job vacancies currently available.

However, there were some weak points to Virginia’s cybersecurity roles. Since 2013, the average salary and number of people employed in these roles have grown at a slower pace. But this is perhaps due to the vast number of roles already available, and it doesn’t seem to dampen the long-term projections for these roles (41.51 percent growth from 2016 to 2026).

Texas, Colorado, New York, and North Carolina were the other four states that made up the top five. All of these states performed better than Virginia with recent salary increases over both one- and five-year periods. However, only cybersecurity analysts in New York receive a higher average salary ($122,000) than those in Virginia ($111,780).

The top 5 states at a glance

Top 5 states for cybersecurity jobs

The highest-scoring states per category were:

  • Highest average annual salary – New York – $122,000
  • Highest % difference to state average annual salary for all types of employment – New Mexico – 80.34%
  • Highest number of people currently in these roles – Virginia – 14,180
  • Highest employment per 1,000 jobs – Virginia – 3.70
  • Highest number of jobs currently being advertised for – California – 5,008
  • Best long-term projection for roles – Utah – 50% growth
  • Best 5-year increase in employment numbers (from 2013 to 2018) – South Dakota – 212.50%
  • Best 5-year increase in average annual salary (from 2013 to 2018) – Arkansas – 41.69%
  • Best 1-year increase in employment numbers (from 2017 to 2018) – Wyoming – 66.67% growth
  • Best 1-year increase in average annual salary (from 2017 to 2018) – Kansas – 10.86% growth

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