While U.S. privacy professionals earn higher salaries than their counterparts overseas, they face a wide gender pay gap, second only to those in EU market, according to the 2021 Privacy Professionals Salary Survey by International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

The IAPP found that the average salary for privacy professionals in 2021 rose $6,000 to $140,529. Overall, chief privacy officers and legal privacy counsel commanded the highest average salaries at $212,300 and $177,500, respectively, while privacy analysts had the lowest average salary at $87,200.