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Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

Average pay for IT Applications Development Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($133K). Total cash compensation to IT Applications Development Directors bottoms out near $87K and approaches $175K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $30K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and almost all earn dental coverage. The majority of IT Applications Development Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most IT Applications Development Directors survey respondents are men (79 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$85,698 - $153,980
MEDIAN: $122,520

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$85,698 - $153,980  
$2,000 - $30,001  
Profit Sharing
$175.00 - $20,000  
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).
$86,989 - $174,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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 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 Agile, Business Intelligence, People Management, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server. 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 a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $90K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $120K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $137K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $144K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salaries

National Average

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

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Business Intelligence
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People Management
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Software Development Management
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National Average

Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.


21 %
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%