Earnings of entry-level cybersecurity employee around $150,000

Published: 09/09/2022

The high demand for cybersecurity experts is reflected by the salaries for these roles in the U.S. Microsoft estimated that in 2021, the country had 464,200 unfilled positions that required cybersecurity skills and the average salary for these jobs is $105,800. Some estimates for cybersecurity worker salaries are even higher. Companies like Booz Allen Hamilton report the annual earnings of entry-level cybersecurity employees to be around $150,000. The median base compensation for chief information security officers, which typically requires a master’s degree, is $584,000, according to a survey by Heidrick & Struggles. 

In 2021, Microsoft launched its cybersecurity skills initiative, which included the company giving $150 million to federal, state, and local governments to support upgrading government agencies’ cyber protection and committing to spending $20 billion on advancing their security solutions over the next five years. The initiative also included a large-scale effort to support cybersecurity education.

Microsoft is collaborating with 181 community colleges across 44 states in an attempt to provide accessible pathways into the profession. The tech company launched a campaign to recruit 250,000 people into the cybersecurity workforce by offering a free cybersecurity curriculum to all U.S. public community colleges, providing training for college faculty, and offering financial support to 25,000 students. Microsoft declined to provide the full list of partnering schools to Fortune. 

Alongside Abbott and Raytheon Technologies, Microsoft also supports the HBCU Cybersecurity Industry Collaboration Initiative Pilot. The program, which will run through Fall 2022, involves collaboration with with the schools of engineering at four historically black colleges and universities: Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, and Virginia State University.

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