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IAPP Europe 2013 Privacy Professionals Salary Survey



Overall Salary Measures

  • Salaries increased slightly in 2013 after a dip last year, but salaries did not quite rebound back to the 2011 level.
  • IAPP membership in Europe continues to expand sharply.

Average Privacy Base Salary

We also took a look this year at the profile of the highest-earning European respondents to our survey. The 30 respondents with the highest salaries share the following characteristics:

  • Their median salary is €159,500.
  • The largest share work for the largest organizations, having more than 75,000 employees.
  • Most work in business services and supplies, drugs and biotechnology, banking or software.
  • They have worked in privacy-related fields for their whole careers—about 11-20 years.
  • Almost half hold Master’s degrees and about one in seven have the CIPP/E certification.
  • Among learning and growth opportunities, almost two-thirds chose to attend a local conference or seminar this year.

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Average Privacy Base Salaries by Region

The aforementioned gains in salaries this year were distributed across almost all regions, although Europe’s increase was smaller than those seen in the U.S., Canada and Asia.

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Average Privacy Base Salaries by Title, Postion and Type of Organization

Amongst all respondents, we found that the title of CPO has a big impact on salaries in Europe. Those with the title of Chief Privacy Officer (CPOs), identified in this chart as “titular privacy leaders,” earn significantly more than those who identify themselves as the top privacy officer in their respective organizations but do not have the title of CPO and are identified in the chart as “de facto privacy leaders.”

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Average Base Salaries for Chief Privacy Officers

Comparing average base salaries with the salaries of just CPOs shows that their salary premium is significant across all geographic regions, including Europe.

Average Base Salaries by Sector

Looking at those sectors for which we had large numbers of EU respondents, the highest earners work in media and conglomerates. The lowest-earning respondents work in utilities and hotels, restaurants and leisure.

Average Base Salaries by Experience

European privacy professionals earn higher salaries as they gain professional experience, at least for the first 20 years of their careers.

The same trend holds for those having privacy-specific experience, although the relative newness of the field prevents us from evaluating the salaries of those in the second half of their careers.

Average Privacy Base Salaries by Education

Among the most common educational degrees and certifications, European privacy professionals with Doctorate degrees earned more than lawyers for the second straight year.

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Average Privacy Base Salaries by Location of Privacy Unit

Among EU respondents, human resources professionals earned more than any other department, although that finding reflects only a handful of respondents. Among those fields in which significant numbers responded, professionals in the legal department earn the highest salaries.

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