Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

Wages for IT Applications Development Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($126K) per year. Total cash compensation to IT Applications Development Directors bottoms out near $91K and approaches $179K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $30K from bonuses and almost $23K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$89,346 - $156,420
MEDIAN: $125,677

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National Salary Data (?
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$89,346 - $156,420  
$1,975 - $30,477  
Profit Sharing
$103.32 - $23,145  
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).
$90,849 - $178,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 446
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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.

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IT Applications Development Directors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Chief Information Officer. Median pay for Chief Information Officers is $145K.

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Popular Skills for

Survey results imply that IT Applications Development Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Mobile applications development, Business Intelligence, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $91K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $121K. IT Applications Development Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $140K. 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 $146K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

People Management
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Business Intelligence
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Mobile applications development
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Software Development Management
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Strategic Project Management
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Software Architecture
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National Average

Web Development
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Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 4%