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 $125K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Applications Development Directors can bottom out near $90K or peak near $176K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. 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. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$89,206 - $155,054
MEDIAN: $124,615

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$89,206 - $155,054  
$2,010 - $29,954  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $20,322  
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).
$90,449 - $175,855  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 427
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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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Popular Skills for Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

IT Applications Development Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Mobile applications development, People Management, Business Intelligence, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in Project Management tend to be well versed 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.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of IT Applications Development Directors. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $83K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $122K. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Applications Development Directors make a median salary of $138K. 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 $145K.

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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

Mobile applications development
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People Management
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Business Intelligence
up arrow 9%

Software Development Management
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Strategic Project Management
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National Average

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