CySA+ jobs outlook

Christine McKenzie
December 1, 2023 by
Christine McKenzie

Certifications go a long way in the cybersecurity field. They teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in various career pathways but also net you a higher salary. Plus, your certification will put you above the competition when applying for a new job or promotion.    

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The CySA+ certification by CompTIA is ideal for mid-level professionals who have already earned their Security+ , Network+ or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) credentials. CySA+ builds on the foundational principles you learned in your core certifications and teaches you skills related to threat detection and risk assessment, as well as current security analyst techniques — including automated incident response, threat intelligence and cloud-based tools.  

Common CySA+ jobs  

A CySA+ certification opens doors to many different professional pathways. Here are some of the most popular jobs for CySA+ holders, according to CompTIA:   

Most jobs fall under the analyst umbrella, although cybersecurity specialists and cybersecurity engineers are also represented. This is likely because CySA+ focuses on skills like data analysis for identifying vulnerabilities, risks and threats.   

You may end up filling multiple roles throughout your career or advancing through the ranks from a job as a cybersecurity analyst to a security engineer. A loose roadmap for how you’d like your career to progress can help you decide if CySA+ is ultimately the right choice for you.   

CySA+ job market  

As the cybersecurity field grows at a red-hot pace, the demand for certified professionals is also growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports positive growth across the entire industry, but it’s helpful to zoom in on specific roles.   

Take a look at what they have to say about the outlook for information security analysts, which is just one of the many jobs you can pursue with a CySA+ certification:   

  • Average annual pay of $112,00 per year ($53.85 per hour)  

  • Over 16,800 job openings between October 2023 and October 2024  

  • Much faster than average job growth outlook. That’s an increase of 32% between 2022 and 2032, which translates into 53,200 more open roles  

If there’s one big takeaway here, it’s that there are a ton of exciting opportunities for you to explore. And with the right skills and certifications, your future in cybersecurity will be a bright one with a generous salary.   

Let’s do a deeper dive into all the factors that make up the big picture of the CySA+ jobs outlook.   

Best geographic locations for CySA+ jobs  

Some cities have a better cybersecurity scene than others. As a result, you’ll see more job availability and higher salaries there. Take a look at some of the best cities for finding a job with the CySA+ certification and their average salaries:  

  • Washington, D.C.: $137,890 per year  

  • Boston, Mass.: $105,116 per year  

  • Dallas, Texas: $121,860 per year  

  • New York, N.Y.: $139,930 per year  

  • Atlanta, Ga.: $122,390 per year  

  • Austin, Texas: $121,860 per year  

Best companies to work for with a CySA 

It may come as no shocker the best-paying places to use your CySA+ are big cities. Typically, large metropolitan areas have a higher concentration of tech-related jobs than small cities and rural areas. What may be surprising is the concentration in the southeastern U.S., with Atlanta, Ga., making the cut. Texas is also a hotbed of cybersecurity employment with not one but two major cities on the list

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Best companies to work for with a CySA 

We know the job outlook looks good, but what about employers? Who hires CySA+ certification holders?   

Companies of all shapes and sizes hire people with the CySA+ certification. However, some companies have a reputation for hiring a higher-than-average number of CySA+ holders, so you may want to pay special attention to those companies when your job search begins.   

The U.S. Armed Forces and defense contractors are the top employers in this arena, although companies in retail, finance and healthcare also need cybersecurity pros.   

Here is a list of companies where CySA+ holders are in high demand, along with the average salary for each one:   

  • Oracle: $157,788  

  • Cisco Systems: $141,419  

  • Santander: $127,218  

  • EY: $124,878  

  • Northrop Grumman: $107,427  

  • Synopsys: $108,542  

  • General Dynamics Information Technology: $105,952  

  • Mastech Digital: $98,918  

CompTIA also publishes a list of employers that commonly hire CySA+ holders. As you can see, there’s more industry variety represented here:   

  • Target  

  • Western Governors University   

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  

  • U.S. Navy  


  • Japan Business Systems (JBS)  

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago  

  • Washington State Patrol  

  • KirkpatrickPrice  

  • Integra  

  • Dell SecureWorks  

  • Linux Professional Institute  

  • Boulder Community Health  

  • BlacKnight Cyber Security International  

  • Summit Credit Union  

Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. Your cybersecurity skills are in high demand at companies in almost every industry.   

Years of experience for CySA+ professionals  

The CySA+ certification is a big professional benefit, but it’s not the only thing employers look at when they’re considering hiring you. How many years of work experience you have is another major factor.   

CompTIA recommends having at least three years of related experience before you tackle the CySA+ exam. Although that’s not a hard-and-fast rule, it does give you a benchmark for where you should be in your career.   

CySA+ certification job outlook at a glance  

Based on the data available from Glassdoor, Indeed and CyberSeek, we can draw a few conclusions from employment trends for CySA+ holders. To fall into the hiring “sweet spot,” consider the following:   

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree; Master of Science is preferable for advanced-level jobs   

  • Between 3-19 years of related work experience   

  • Flexibility to work in a “cybersecurity hub” like Washington, D.C., Seattle or New York City   

  • Openness to work for the federal government or in the private sector for a defense, retail or finance company  

Earn your CySA+, guaranteed!

Earn your CySA+, guaranteed!

Get hands-on experience and live expert, instruction. Enroll now to claim your Exam Pass Guarantee!

Furthering your cybersecurity career   

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field, and the demand for experienced professionals is only increasing. While the odds of finding a job are in your favor, you can’t expect one to fall into your lap. Certain factors like the relevancy of your certifications will set you apart from the competition and ensure you’re the best candidate.   

Earning this mid-level certification is an excellent way to take your cybersecurity career to the next level and move into higher-paying roles.   

For more on CySA+, from CySA+ jobs to exam tips, visit the Infosec CySA+ hub and watch our webinar, CompTIA CySA+ certification (CS0-003) changes: Everything you need to know.


Christine McKenzie
Christine McKenzie

Christine McKenzie is a professional writer with a Master of Science in International Relations. She enjoys writing about career and professional development topics in the Information Security discipline. She has also produced academic research about the influence of disruptive Information and Communication Technologies on human rights in China. Previously, she was a university Career Advisor where she worked extensively with students in the Information Technology and Computer Programming fields.