By Marcos Colón

December 22, 2016

A recently released survey has revealed that the average annual salary of a chief information security officer in the United States is $273,033.

The study, conducted by security firm Security Current, polled “74 CISOs or CISO equivalents” across industries to determine the figure, which also includes bonuses, according to a news release.

While CISOs located in the South earned the lowest annual salary of the group ($199,976), those in the West earned the highest at $290,750. Of the 74 respondents, 46 shared that they were the first to hold the CISO position at their company. More than half of the respondents said they would be open to accept a new role in 2017.

When it comes to influencing factors, 38 percent shared that salary increases was the top motivator, while others indicated that more access to the board and the C-suite, and equity stake mattered most.