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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 $152K per year. Total incomes of Chief Information Officers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $69K from bonuses and close to $45K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $83K and $269K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men make up the vast majority of Chief Information Officers (89 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction for Chief Information Officers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$82,554 - $219,382
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National Salary Data

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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$82,554 - $219,382  
   
Bonus
$1,025 - $68,801  
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $45,000  
Commission
$2,500 - $65,000  
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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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$82,978 - $268,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,829
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Hourly Rate
$15.17 - $142.91  
   
Overtime
$1.26 - $172.61  
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,025 - $68,801  
   
Commission
$2,500 - $65,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $45,000  
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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$82,978 - $268,769  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

The role of the Chief Information Officer is to provide guidance and direction to the development and operation of their organization’s information technology infrastructure. The Chief Information Officer is the senior executive who has the responsibility for establishing, coordinating, and evaluating information technology (IT) strategy and policy for their organization. The ability to implement both short-term and long-range planning is central to company's IT growth and success.

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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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Many Chief Information Officers move into Chief Operating Officer roles. Chief Operating Officers on average make a little less than Chief Information Officers as their salaries are typically $137K a year.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Chief Information Officers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Software Development Management, Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 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. Most people experienced in IT Management also know 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Chief Information Officers. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $104K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $112K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $150K in this role. 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 $179K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Information Officers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 44 percent greater than the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+31 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), San Francisco (+30 percent), and Minneapolis (+30 percent).

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$152,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries





National Average
$152,000

IT Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 658 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%