Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

Average pay for IT Applications Development Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($124K). In the world of IT Applications Development Directors, overall income ranges from $90K near the bottom to $176K at the top; this can include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Generally, women make up less than a third of all IT Applications Development Directors who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and a strong majority get vision plans, too. Work is enjoyable for IT Applications Development Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$89,254 - $154,761

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$89,254 - $154,761  
$2,010 - $29,903  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $20,322  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$90,493 - $175,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428
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Job Description for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

Applications development directors for IT (information technology)/information systems are high-level managers that design and oversee IT projects that the organization will use to improve operations; they may also develop these applications for outside sales. The development director coordinates all team leads on the development project, as well as sets measurable goals and deadlines for these teams and stays in contact with team leads to ensure the project proceeds on schedule. These projects may be as diverse as developing a new intranet for company use and developing new reporting and assessment tools to be shared across departments and teams. The director is often responsible for continuing to improve applications that help maintain and improve the security of sensitive organizational emails.


Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Tasks

  • Manage departmental budget, create forecasts, and react to emergent conditions.
  • Drive documentation of application and market objectives for reports to internal groups.
  • Manage application development teams from initial inception of ideas to working with sales on the product.
  • Seek, hire, and retain a strong, collaborative team of application development experts.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

IT Applications Development Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Mobile applications development, People Management, Business Intelligence, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people experienced in Project Management also know Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $88K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $122K. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Applications Development Directors make a median salary of $138K. IT Applications Development Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $144K.

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Experience Affects Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries

Mobile applications development
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People Management
up arrow 15%

Business Intelligence
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Software Development Management
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Strategic Project Management
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Web Development

National Average

Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.


21 %
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%