Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

IT Applications Development Directors in the United States pull down an average of $129K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $34K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Applications Development Directors can bottom out near $97K or peak near $180K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most IT Applications Development Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The vast majority of IT Applications Development Directors (85 percent) who took the survey are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$97,780 - $159,055
$98K
$130K
$160K
MEDIAN: $128,813
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$97,780 - $159,055  
   
Bonus
$3,510 - $33,728  
Profit Sharing
$2,959 - $24,613  
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$97,233 - $179,798  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 161

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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.

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Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Tasks

  • 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.
  • Manage departmental budget, create forecasts, and react to emergent conditions.
  • Drive documentation of application and market objectives for reports to internal groups.

Common Career Paths for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems


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IT Applications Development Directors who transition into an upper level Chief Information Officer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Chief Information Officer makes $146K a year.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Team Leadership, People Management, Agile, and Mobile applications development are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Business Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft SQL Server and .NET also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with 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.


IT Applications Development Directors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $103K per year. IT Applications Development Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $146K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $152K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $143,958

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for IT Applications Development Directors, 22 percent higher than the national average. IT Applications Development Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver.

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Key Stats for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
43%
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Experience Affects Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries

▲5%

▲2%

National Average
$144,000

▼17%

▼28%

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

Team Leadership
▲10%

Agile
▲3%

Mobile applications development
▲3%

People Management
▲3%

Business Intelligence
▲2%


Web Development
▲1%

National Average
$144,000



Strategic Project Management
▼3%

.NET
▼4%


Business Analysis
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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