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Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for IT Applications Development Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $124K per year. Cash earnings for IT Applications Development Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing — stretch from around $89K to approximately $176K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for IT Applications Development Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most IT Applications Development Directors survey respondents are men (78 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$87,536 - $155,028
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MEDIAN: $123,922
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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
$87,536 - $155,028  
   
Bonus
$2,010 - $30,410  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $20,729  
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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$89,101 - $176,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$29.21 - $64.56  
   
National Annualized 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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,010 - $30,410  
   
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $20,729  
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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$89,101 - $176,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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IT Applications Development Directors who go on to become Chief Information Officers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chief Information Officer, an upper-level role, pays $144K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems


IT Applications Development Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Mobile applications development, People Management, Business Intelligence, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $90K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $120K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $139K in this role. 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 $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 33%

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

Mobile applications development
up arrow 16%

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 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

Business Analysis
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 4%
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