The Maryland Department of Commerce claims that the state “is the epicenter for cybersecurity” on its IT and cybersecurity web page. Figures from the tech staffing firm Burning Glass Technologies bear this out. Maryland boasted the second highest concentration of cybersecurity experts in the country on a per capita basis as of 2014.
In fact, Maryland had the 6th highest number of job postings for cybersecurity analysts, engineers, architects, auditors, and administrators in the country that year, while Baltimore had the 10th highest of any city. Cybersecurity expert positions can be difficult to fill due to the demand for these specialists. As competition for top talent increases, so do starting salary offers. Burning Glass Technologies reported that cybersecurity positions pay 9% more than IT jobs in general.
Both the federal government and businesses invest heavily in cybersecurity in Maryland. Prominent cyber centers in the state include:
- The US Cyber Command
- Lockheed Martin’s NexGen Cyber & Innovation Center
- NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Maryland aggressively courts new cybersecurity companies by offering a 33% tax credit to qualifying companies for investments of up to $250,000. A 2015 Forbes article cited this tax credit to make a case for implementing a federal-level tax credit for cybersecurity investment.
In addition, Montgomery County offers its own tax credit to cybersecurity companies that locate there. The county’s robust cybersecurity industry employed more than 3,000 people as of 2016 according to the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board.
The county offers strategic access to the $14 billion federal cyber market in addition to a growing market for corporate cybersecurity.
Salaries for Cybersecurity Administrators and Analysts in Baltimore
According to the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, cybersecurity admins and analysts in Baltimore can expect to earn salaries within the ranges shown here. Cybersecurity professionals with master’s degree have the advanced expertise to earn salaries at the high end of these ranges:
- Data Security Analysts: $113,398 – $159,856
- Information Security Administrators: $108,665 – $153,985
- Network Security Administrators: $106,348 – $151,410
Salaries for Information Security Analysts in Maryland’s Major Cities
Maryland had the 3rd highest concentration of information security analysts in the country as of 2015 according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information security analysts with a master’s degree can expect to earn salaries in the highest percentiles: