IT Security Salaries Expected to Grow 4.5% in 2012

Salaries for IT security professionals are projected to increase by 4.5 percent in 2012, according to a new salary survey.

The increasingly hostile threat landscape and growing demand for cloud computing has made security the hottest IT career in terms of salary growth, staffing firm Robert Half Technology said in its latest 2012 Salary Guide released Nov. 15. The guide listed projected percentage increases over 2011 salaries as well as estimated base salaries. The IT salaries in general are expected to see a 3 percent increase in 2012; security jobs are expected to outpace the projected average.

The salary survey tracks 70 IT occupations, including six information security positions. All six jobs, including data security analysts, network security administrators, systems security administrators, information system security managers, chief security officers and network security engineers are projected to have higher salary increases than the average across all IT jobs. Robert Half Technology also lumped mobile application developers with security professions because the jobs require significant security skills and knowledge.