Information security auditors are one of the least happy 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, information security auditors rate their career happiness 2.2 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 1% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy information security auditors 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
IT support specialist
2.8
$49k
Logistician
2.7
$77k
Shipping/Receiving clerk
2.4
$37k

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

  • Salary: Are information security auditors happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do information security auditors find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as information security auditors?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are information security auditor’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are information security auditors making the best use of their abilities?

Are information security auditors happy with their salary?

Information security auditors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.4/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most information security auditors having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked information security auditors how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

69 information security auditors

5 Star
26%

26% of information security auditors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of information security auditors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of information security auditors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
13%

13% of information security auditors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of information security auditors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do information security auditors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, information security auditors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 1.9/5. The majority of information security auditors struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked information security auditors how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

1.9 out of 5 stars

68 information security auditors

5 Star
6%

6% of information security auditors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
6%

6% of information security auditors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
10%

10% of information security auditors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
24%

24% of information security auditors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
54%

54% of information security auditors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as information security auditors?

Information security auditors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.2/5. The majority of information security auditors don’t see personality fit as a hinderence in their career.

We asked information security auditors how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.2 out of 5 stars

69 information security auditors

5 Star
16%

16% of information security auditors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
29%

29% of information security auditors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
25%

25% of information security auditors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
22%

22% of information security auditors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
9%

9% of information security auditors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is an information security auditor’s work environment?

As a whole, information security auditors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.0/5. Some information security auditors are happy with their work environment, but it does not seem to be a meaningful contributer to career satisfaction for most.

We asked information security auditors how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

69 information security auditors

5 Star
13%

13% of information security auditors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of information security auditors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of information security auditors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
30%

30% of information security auditors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
7%

7% of information security auditors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are information security auditors making the best use of their abilities?

Former information security auditors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.5/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being an information security auditor.

We asked information security auditors how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.5 out of 5 stars

68 information security auditors

5 Star
7%

7% of information security auditors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
15%

15% of information security auditors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of information security auditors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
35%

35% of information security auditors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
24%

24% of information security auditors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars