New England Salaries

Marc French
Marc French Aug 18, 2020
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Hey all,

We are happy to announce we have just completed the much anticipated salary study for the rest of New England ( outside metro-Boston ). Let’s go over the highlights:

Geography
  • Coverage
    This study covers from Portland, ME over to Burlington, VT down to New Britain, CT over to Providence, RI and up to Manchester, NH.
  • Stamford, CT
    This was a bit tricky. In many ways it was more like NYC than the rest of New England. Our suggestion is folks use the Boston ladders instead of the New England ladders for Stamford/Greenwich CT.
  • Northern Maine
    To be honest, we were unable to get much in the way of data north of Portland, ME so the cities of Augusta and Bangor maybe slightly different.
Salary differences compared to Metro Boston
  • CSO – No change over Metro
    We found little variation in CSO salaries in Boston. That said, there were far fewer folks carrying the CISO title outside the metro area, so we might have a small numbers challenge. Also, we found many of the the security leaders were carrying the Director-level title outside the metro area which tended to have the security leader at a Vice President level.
  • Business Security Manager – 80% of Metro
    The challenge with this data was low numbers. These folks generally exist in larger security organizations. There were few of these organizations in this region, except in Hartford/Springfield Insurance comapnies and orgs in Stamford, CT.
  • Information Risk – 90% of Metro
    This was second only to infrastructure security in the number of data points. Additionally, it was one the closest -- save the CSO -- to the metro salary; possibly due to the fact that this tended to be the lowest paid function within the cyber security space.
  • Infrastructure Security – 80% of Metro
    This was interesting. This function had the largest number of data points, but represented one of the greatest deltas from the metro area.
  • Product Security – 90% of Metro
    Similar to the BSM role, this was a low numbers challenge. Not many of these roles are found outside the metro area. That, coupled with the general scarcity of these resources, likely led to the small delta compared to the metro Boston salaries
  • Physical Security – 93% of Metro
    We were not surprised by this finding. Physical folks, unfortunately, do not tend to get paid at the same level of their cyber peers. The modest delta likely represents the cost-of-living differences in the various sub-regions of New England.
We hope folks find this information helpful. Again, here is the link: Security Ladders - Marc French