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IAPP Global 2013 Privacy Professionals Salary Survey



A Message from the Chairman

Dear Privacy Professional,

I am pleased to present you with the IAPP’s 2013 Privacy Professionals Role, Function and Salary Survey in a new reporting format, including print and web components to improve your user experience.

This year, we unveiled our new survey mechanism and frequency schedule, reaching out to members and privacy professionals in regions across the globe to provide a wider array of responses and richer data while building on the information gathered in our early surveys. Moving to an every-other-year frequency for fielding our survey, we hope to provide more comprehensive detailed information on the ongoing evolution of our profession in both the public and private sectors and across borders.

In addition to this executive summary, we will be publishing in-depth findings related to specific regions, sectors and key developments in the privacy sphere throughout the months ahead through our Resource Center on the IAPP website.

I hope you will find the 2013 Privacy Professionals Role, Function and Salary Survey to be a helpful resource for your efforts in the privacy field.

Brendon Lynch, CIPP/US
Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Chairman, IAPP

Average Privacy Base Salaries Over 10-Year Span

The average salary of IAPP members responding to our 2013 reached its highest level since we began our survey, more than making up the ground lost last year.

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Average Privacy Base Salaries by Region Over 3-year Span

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Average Base Salaries for Chief Privacy Officers

Examining the salaries of just the CPOs shows that their salary premium is significant across all geographic regions.

Average Privacy Base Salaries by Sector

Looking at those sectors for which we had large numbers of respondents, the highest earners work in media, hotels, restaurants and leisure or software and services. The lowest-earning respondents work in nonprofits, education and government. The highest-earning CPOs work in software and services and drugs and biotechnology.

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Average Privacy Base Salaries by Education

Among the most common educational degrees and certifications, those with law degrees earn the highest salaries, but those with the CIPP designation also gained ground this year, outpacing even those with MBAs.

Average Privacy Base Salaries by Experience

Generally, more professional experience yields higher salaries, at least for the first 25 years of one’s career.

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Average Privacy Base Salaries by Location of Privacy Unit

Within organizations, privacy professionals working in legal departments earn the highest salaries, followed by the departments responsible for human resources and ethics and corporate responsibility.

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