Top Security Executive Salaries Increased in 2011, According to Report

April 11, 2012, Washington, DC—Leading compensation research firm and Security Executive Council strategic alliance partner Foushée Group Inc. has released its 11th annual Security and Compliance Compensation Survey Report. According to the report, base pay for the nation’s top domestic security executive, in the aggregate, increased by 2.4% to $211,079 annually. Total cash compensation (bonus paid, not including long-term incentive) increased by 1.2% to $262,737 annually. The bonus target for those positions that are bonus eligible remained the same from 2011 to 2012, at 28% bonus target as a percent of base pay.

This year, the survey included questions on long-term incentive (LTI) for the position. The 2012 results indicate that the annual long-term incentive paid to incumbents who are eligible is $85, 974, which is in addition to base and bonus paid. The overall results indicate that the contribution of the top domestic CSO is recognized and rewarded, and continues to increase on an annual basis.

Results like these can help senior security and compliance managers justify compensation levels for themselves and their employees and defend against damaging budget cuts. The report includes more than 160 pages of text and tables detailing the compensation practices for 73 executive, management, professional and technical positions.

The survey is available for purchase from Foushee Group. Click Here for details. The Security Executive Council has no commercial interest in this project but strongly supports it because of the significant positive impact it has on the security industry. Foushee Group is the only company that conducts a security-specific compensation survey and validates results.

About Foushée Group Inc.
The Foushée Group, Inc. is a nationwide management consulting firm specializing in compensation program design and research. The firm’s staff has conducted comprehensive compensation studies and specific projects for more than 1,100 organizations in a wide range of industries. Since 1986, the Foushée Group has focused their efforts on researching the pay practices of security, compliance, ethics, environmental, health and safety occupations.

About the Security Executive Council
The Security Executive Council ( is a leading problem-solving research and services organization focused on helping businesses effectively manage and mitigate risk. Drawing on the collective knowledge of a large community of successful security practitioners, subject matter experts, and strategic alliance partners, the Council provides strategy, insight and proven practices that cannot be found anywhere else. Our research, services, and tools work to help security leaders initiate, enhance or innovate security programs; build their leadership skills; and bring quantifiable value to their organizations.

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