Salaries for Chief Information Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($151K) per year. Total cash compensation for Chief Information Officers runs from $91K to $272K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $73K and profit sharing that can reach almost $38K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chief Information Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$89,467 - $229,597
$89K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $151,331
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$18.59 - $197.97
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MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$89,467 - $229,597  
   
Bonus
$2,466 - $73,023  
Profit Sharing
$3,001 - $38,321  
Commission
$15,000  
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).
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$91,269 - $271,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,050
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$18.59 - $197.97  
   
Overtime
$21.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$2,466 - $73,023  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$3,001 - $38,321  
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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$91,269 - $271,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 27

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Job Description for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

In the 21st century, one of the most important operational aspects to any large enterprise is their ability to construct, maintain, and upgrade their information technology framework. This accounts for a large amount of expense, and it usually requires teams of skilled professionals to work together. In organizations that are large enough, these information systems operations are all managed by a high-level executive officer called the chief information officer (CIO).

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Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tasks

  • Establish, coordinate and evaluate information technology strategies for key products and services.
  • Oversee management of IT personnel and development teams.
  • Communicate at a senior level of the organization.
  • Provide technical expertise and industry knowledge to support sales and marketing efforts.
  • Oversee and evaluates IT operations.

Common Career Paths for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


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Chief Information Officers often transition into a Chief Operating Officer position. Chief Operating Officers report a slightly lower median income of $139K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Chief Information Officers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Leadership, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know IT Management also know Strategic Planning and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Chief Information Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $120K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $124K. Chief Information Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $157K. Chief Information Officers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $182K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,496

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Chief Information Officers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+29 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Houston (+26 percent), and San Francisco (+26 percent).

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chief Information Officer (CIO)?

Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Austin:
"Great Rewards Await Those Who Master the Balancing Act."
Pros: I really get to make a difference. Setting the goals and strategy of an organization that has a mission to provide public service can be incredibly rewarding. My group provides technology services that make our agency's operational staff more efficient and effective. When they perform better then the public benefits.
Cons: It is absolutely impossible to keep up with demand and to satisfy the desires of my internal customers. Our business units have real needs (and perceived needs) that I just can't get to.

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Key Stats for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.
052
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$159,000




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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