IT Applications Development Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $129K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for IT Applications Development Directors — which occasionally include more than $34K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing — stretch from around $93K to approximately $179K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Applications Development Directors. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. Men account for the majority of IT Applications Development Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $129,286
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$3,634 - $33,815  
Profit Sharing
$2,959 - $24,613  
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$93,369 - $178,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 182

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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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Many IT Applications Development Directors move into a Chief Information Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chief Information Officers on average bring in a similar salary to IT Applications Development Directors.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems


IT Applications Development Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. The majority of those who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $103K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $147K. 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 $151K.

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Key Stats for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
41%
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Experience Affects Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$144,000


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

Team Leadership
up arrow 10%

Agile
up arrow 3%

Mobile applications development
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Business Intelligence
up arrow 2%

Web Development
up arrow 1%

Software Development Management
0%

Software Architecture
0%

National Average
$144,000


Strategic Project Management
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 8%


Business Analysis
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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