The workforce research firm Burning Glass Technologies reported that the number of jobs available for cybersecurity experts in Delaware increased by 92% between 2010 and 2014. This company also reported that the concentration of cybersecurity professionals in Delaware on a population basis exceeded the national average by 67% in 2015. With cybersecurity experts in high demand, salaries for these specialists exceed those of many other IT workers by 9% according to Burning Glass Technologies.
National publications have taken note of the shortage of cybersecurity workers in Delaware. For instance, Governing.com published an article in 2014 entitled “Delaware Seeks to Stem the Shortage of Cybersecurity Workers.” Delaware’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, Ann Visalli, told this publication that “There’s a significant number of jobs available for cyber graduates in the area” between industry giants like DuPont and the heavy concentration of banking and financial services.
After a major hack of the University of Delaware’s employee system that exposed the personal information of 72,000 people in 2013, Delaware has been working to strengthen cybersecurity in the state. The state publishes an award-winning website called Cybersecurity in Delaware that provides tips for the general public and detailed information for IT personnel.
Governor Jack Markell announced plans for the Delaware Cyber Initiative in his 2014 State of the State speech. This new center is located on the site of a former Chrysler assembly plant on top of a major fiber optic trunk line. Experts in the private sector and academia will work together to strengthen cybersecurity in the First State. With its strategic location between New York City and Washington, DC, stakeholders expect that this center will help strengthen cybersecurity throughout the East Coast.
Salaries for Key Cybersecurity Positions in Wilmington
Cybersecurity specialists in Wilmington can expect to earn salaries within the ranges shown here according to the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide. The most experienced cybersecurity specialists with master’s degrees can expect to earn on the high end of these ranges:
- Data Security Analysts: $119,175 – $168,000
- Systems Security Administrators: $110,775 – $156,975
- Network Security Administrators: $108,413 – $154,350
Salaries for Wilmington’s Information Security Analysts
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median salary for information security analysts in Wilmington exceeded the national median for this profession by 8% in 2015. Analysts who possess a master’s degree routinely make even more than this and can expect to earn salaries that fall within the top percentiles: