Compared with other IT executives, CSOs' median income was surpassed only by CIOs. CSOs were paid more than vice presidents of cloud services, engineering, information technology and infrastructure, Mondo reported.
Outside of the executive suite, the highest paid security pros were Information security analysts, system/network security administrators, network security engineers and IS security managers.
Only financial services paid security professionals enough to make them one of the industry's five highest paid IT pros. In the top five were IS security managers, along with network security engineer, application architect, project manager and mobile developer.
Over the study's timeframe, 12 percent of Mondo's IT placements were in security. IT pros most in demand were in application and software development, which comprised 20 percent of placements.
Second were Web/interactive/e-commerce pros at 15 percent, followed by database administrators, 14 percent. Security pros were fourth.
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