Salary Report

Information Technology Job

IT Security:
Threat Testing,
ID Access and
Data Protection

United States Location

Des Moines
USA Metropolitan Area

Competitive Position® Salary Report

Data Observed 9/1/20 to 8/31/21

Salary Average


Experience Requirement

5 Years and 6 Months

Raise +1 Year

$2,521 at 2.47%

User Funded :

Salary and Number of Jobs

Graph of succeeding salary information

About Salary and Jobs

Salary Range :

At required Experience of 5 Years & 6 Months: $102,114 is Salary average; 50% of Jobs pay between $82,796 & $121,432; and, 5% of Jobs top $149,424.

Number of Jobs :

Most Jobs are available closest to the Salary Average.

Fewer Jobs are available at Lower and Higher Salaries.

Salary End Points :

$26,400 = annual salary at $15 per hour working between: 44 weeks at 40 hours a week, to, 52 weeks at 34 hours a week.

$300,868 = annual salary for the highest paying IT Job in the highest paying US City at the Top 2.5% Experience and Top 2.5% Salary.

Job Market :

Job offers, publicly posted in want ads by employers, were observed and measured from 9/1/20 to 8/31/21.

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Top Salaries

Top Percentile of Job market Top Salary
2.5% $158,607
5% $149,424
10% $138,901
25% $121,432
33% $114,313
50% $102,114
Top Percentile of Job Market =

Number of Jobs Above the Top Salary
Number of all Jobs at 5 Years and 6 Months Experience.

Salary Range and Jobs

Percentage of Jobs within Salary Lows and Highs
Percent of Job Market Salary Range
Low Salary High Salary
10% $98,518 $105,710
25% $92,994 $111,234
33% $89,915 $114,313
50% $82,796 $121,432
67% $74,189 $130,040
95% $45,621 $158,607
Salary Average =


Mid Point between each Low/High pair.

Percent of Job Market =

Number of Jobs with Salary between Low/High pair
Number of all Jobs at 5 Years and 6 Months Experience.

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Salary and Experience

Graph of succeeding salary information

Salary ±1 Year

Experience Salary Average Raise +1 Year
4 Years and 6 Months $99,187 $2,927 at 2.95%
5 Years and 6 Months $102,114 $2,521 at 2.47%
6 Years and 6 Months $104,636 $2,215 at 2.12%

About Salary and Experience

Salary by Year :

Salary is lowest at entry level, increases rapidly with the first years of experience and approaches a ceiling as experience matures.

Salary and Experience Range :

Salary average rises with experience: $71,511 at the low experience of Entry Level; $102,114 at the average experience of 5 Years and 6 Months; and, $116,276 at the top experience of 13 Years and 5 Months.

Experience End Points :

0 = Entry Level.

15 Years and 1 Month = Top 2.5% Experience in the IT Job with the highest required experience in the USA.

Job Market :

Job offers, publicly posted in want ads by employers, were observed and measured from 9/1/20 to 8/31/21.

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Salary and Experience Range

95% of Jobs require Experience between the Low and Top
Experience Salary Average Raise +1 Year
Low Entry Level $71,511 $10,529 at 14.72%
Average 5 Years and 6 Months $102,114 $2,522 at 2.47%
Top 13 Years and 5 Months $116,276 $1,204 at 1.04%



Security of information technology operations, with threat testing, and ID access and data integrity protection, is the position's primary responsibility.


The qualifications of this information technology Job:
  • IT Security,
    Cybersecurity, Infosec or Information Technology (IT) Security;
  • Threat Testing,
    Ethical Hacker, Penetration Testing, Threat Testing, Vulnerability Testing, CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional), Kismet, Metasploit, Nessus, Nikto or Nmap;
  • Identity Access,
    Access Authorization, Credentials, Identity Accreditation, Identity Authentication, PKI, IdM (Identity Management), IAM (Identity and Access Management), GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification), CA Identity Suite, F5, NetIQ, Palo Alto Networks firewall, Ping or SailPont IdentityIQ;
  • Information Assurance,
    Data Leak, Data Loss, Data Protect, Data Recover, DLP or Information Assurance.


A+ Skills
Additional IT skills requested in some job descriptions:
Project Lead,
Development Manager, Lead Developer, Project Lead, Project Manager, Project Supervisor, Team Lead, Team Supervisor or Technical Lead,
11.7% of job descriptions;
Master of Arts/Science or Ph.D. Graduate Degree,
13.9% of job descriptions;
Bachelor of Arts/Science Degree,
43.1% of job descriptions;
Associate of Arts/Science Degree,
4.4% of job descriptions;
Security Clearance,
48.2% of job descriptions;
8.8% of job descriptions;
2.2% of job descriptions;
CISM (Certified Information Security Manager),
14.6% of job descriptions;
CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker),
12.4% of job descriptions;
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor),
12.4% of job descriptions;
Microsoft Azure,
11.7% of job descriptions;
AWS (Amazon Web Services),
10.2% of job descriptions.


Des Moines, IA

Clive, Dallas, Des Moines, Indianola, Perry, Polk, Urbandale, Warren, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.

These locations are all included in the Des Moines, IA metropolitan area as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).