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Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Information Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $147K per year. In the world of Chief Information Officers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $70K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $41K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $85K and $274K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Men make up the vast majority of Chief Information Officers (88 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Information Officers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$84,489 - $224,663
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$84K
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MEDIAN: $146,969
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$12.61 - $137.98
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$84,489 - $224,663  
   
Bonus
$1,015 - $69,791  
Profit Sharing
$2,929 - $41,059  
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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$85,134 - $274,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,905
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $137.98  
   
Overtime
$1.26 - $172.61  
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$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,015 - $69,791  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,929 - $41,059  
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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$85,134 - $274,418  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


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Chief Information Officers who take on a higher-level position such as Chief Operating Officer may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Chief Operating Officers on average bring home $137K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Survey results imply that Chief Information Officers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Strategic Planning, Budget Management, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in IT Management tend to be well versed in Leadership and Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Chief Information Officers. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $104K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $114K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chief Information Officers make a median salary of $153K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $183K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Chief Information Officers will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Chief Information Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+31 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Minneapolis (+26 percent).

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$156,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries





National Average
$156,000

IT Management
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 564 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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