Chief Information Officer (CIO) Average Salary

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 8 Chief Information Officer (CIO) votes.
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C$92,204 - C$197,743  
C$3,109 - C$40,918  
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C$92,424 - C$220,012  
Country: Canada | Currency: CAD | Updated: 11 Feb 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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Job Description for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

In the 21st century, one of the most important operational aspects to any large enterprise is their ability to construct, maintain, and upgrade their information technology framework. This accounts for a large amount of expense, and it usually requires teams of skilled professionals to work together. In organizations that are large enough, these information systems operations are all managed by a high-level executive officer called the chief information officer (CIO).

As the top of this organizational pyramid, the chief information officer's job is to make all of the big decisions regarding the organization's information framework. It is the CIO's task to make the final decisions regarding the selection and purchasing of IT equipment. The CIO also decides how to install the equipment, when to upgrade and improve the system, and how to integrate all of this into the rest of the company's operations. The CIO is a technologically adept individual who has a thorough and continually evolving understanding of information and communications systems. Beyond the merely technical, the CIO also needs to possess the acumen necessary to make smart and responsible purchasing decisions. Management talents are also needed to ensure that IT teams work in tandem to maintain the entire system.

A chief information officer combines both management and IT talents. Accordingly, those interested in this career path would do well to explore college-level coursework in business management, computer science, and information technology. Employers prefer applicants with at least five years of information technology experience in a management capacity.

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tasks
  • Establish, coordinate and evaluate information technology strategies for key products and services.
  • Oversee management of IT personnel and development teams.
  • Communicate at a senior level of the organization.
  • Provide technical expertise and industry knowledge to support sales and marketing efforts.
  • Oversee and evaluates IT operations.

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17 %
83 %
C$117,178 - C$159,498
C$78,706 - C$153,473

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
C$108,500 - C$153,838
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Innovation Management

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