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.
|Salary||$97,780 - $159,055|
|Bonus||$3,510 - $33,728|
|Profit Sharing||$2,959 - $24,613|
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|$97,233 - $179,798|
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.Read More...
Much of this job may include striking a balance among various teams in the organizations to ensure IT projects move forward in an efficient manner. The development director may also work with managers in quality assurance testing to ensure that new applications are working as intended, while also taking feedback to add features or functionality requested by these quality teams.
To work as an applications development director for IT/information systems, a person typically must possess at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field; however, many companies prefer postbaccalaureate education as well. Experience in management for IT applications development and programming is generally required as well. The development director must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
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
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
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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