CISO's are one of the happiest careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, CISO's rate their career happiness 3.8 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 15% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy CISO's are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Solution architect
3.7
$100k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

Are CISO's happy with their salary?

CISO's rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.9/5. The majority of CISO's are quite happy with their salaries, with very few having complaints about their income level.

We asked CISO's how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.9 out of 5 stars

20 CISO's

5 Star
35%

35% of CISO's rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of CISO's rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of CISO's rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of CISO's rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
5%

5% of CISO's rated their compensation 1 stars

Do CISO's find their jobs meaningful?

On average, CISO's rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.7/5. Unlike many careers, CISO's have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become CISO's.

We asked CISO's how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

19 CISO's

5 Star
42%

42% of CISO's rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
16%

16% of CISO's rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of CISO's rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of CISO's rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
11%

11% of CISO's rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as CISO's?

CISO's rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.2/5. The majority of CISO's find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked CISO's how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.2 out of 5 stars

20 CISO's

5 Star
55%

55% of CISO's rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of CISO's rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of CISO's rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of CISO's rated their career fit 2 stars

How enjoyable is a CISO’s work environment?

As a whole, CISO's rated their enjoyment of their work environment 4.1/5. A solid majority of CISO's enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a CISO.

We asked CISO's how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

4.1 out of 5 stars

20 CISO's

5 Star
35%

35% of CISO's rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
40%

40% of CISO's rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
20%

20% of CISO's rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
5%

5% of CISO's rated their work environment 2 stars

Are CISO's making the best use of their abilities?

Former CISO's on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.8/5. Most CISO's surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a CISO, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked CISO's how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

20 CISO's

5 Star
35%

35% of CISO's rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
25%

25% of CISO's rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
30%

30% of CISO's rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
10%

10% of CISO's rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars