Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems Salary

IT Applications Development Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $127K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of IT Applications Development Directors, overall income ranges from $91K near the bottom to $178K at the top; this can include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for IT Applications Development Directors is high. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$89,729 - $156,646
MEDIAN: $127,014

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$89,729 - $156,646  
$1,957 - $30,333  
Profit Sharing
$1,762 - $20,685  
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).
$90,848 - $178,339  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 460
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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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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 Applications Development Director, IT / Information Systems

IT Applications Development Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Agile, Mobile applications development, and Business Intelligence are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Those listing .NET as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Business Analysis and Microsoft SQL Server also typically command lower compensation. 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.

IT Applications Development Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Inexperienced workers earn around $93K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $122K. IT Applications Development Directors see a median salary of $142K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $148K on average.

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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

People Management
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Mobile applications development
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Web Development
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Business Intelligence
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Software Development Management
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Software Architecture
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Strategic Project Management
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Project Management
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Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.


20 %
80 %

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: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%