Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

IT Applications Development Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $124K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of IT Applications Development Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $22K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $89K and $176K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Male IT Applications Development Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Work is enjoyable for IT Applications Development Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$87,449 - $154,802
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$87K
$120K
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MEDIAN: $123,768
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$29.21 - $64.56
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$87,449 - $154,802  
   
Bonus
$2,006 - $30,399  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $22,300  
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).
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$89,006 - $176,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
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Hourly Rate
$29.21 - $64.56  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,006 - $30,399  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $22,300  
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).
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$89,006 - $176,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 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.

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


Survey results show that IT Applications Development Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Business Intelligence, Software Development Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server. Those familiar with Project Management also tend to 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.


For many IT Applications Development Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $91K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $120K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $139K. IT Applications Development Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $146K.

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Experience Affects Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$134,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 32%

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

People Management
up arrow 15%

Business Intelligence
up arrow 9%

Software Development Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$134,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Agile
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

Business Analysis
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%