Six-figure salaries are the norm for IT Applications Development Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $131K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Applications Development Directors approaches anywhere from $97K on the lower end to $184K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $32K from bonuses and upwards of $24K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most IT Applications Development Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. IT Applications Development Directors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 85 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$96,414 - $160,389
MEDIAN: $131,115

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$96,414 - $160,389  
$3,863 - $31,785  
Profit Sharing
$2,959 - $23,757  
Total Pay (?
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).
$96,615 - $184,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 204

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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 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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For IT Applications Development Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level IT Applications Development Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Chief Information Officer.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

Survey results imply that IT Applications Development Directors deploy a deep pool of skills 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. .NET and Microsoft SQL Server also typically command lower compensation. Most people 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.

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. New workers enjoy hefty six-figure paychecks when they take on this position — $103K per year is the median for people who claim less than five years' experience. IT Applications Development Directors see a median salary of $149K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $150K.

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Experience Affects Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries

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

Team Leadership
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People Management
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Business Intelligence
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Mobile applications development
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Software Development Management

Software Architecture

Web Development

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Project Management
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Strategic Project Management
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Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


15 %
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 8%