Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Salaries for Chief Information Officers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($152K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Chief Information Officers stretch from $91K on the lower end to $274K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $68K from bonuses and $41K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure 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 a fair number. Most Chief Information Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$89,740 - $230,890
$90K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $151,855
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$15.53 - $162.14
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MEDIAN: $40.88
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$0$274K
Salary $89,740 - $230,890
Bonus $2,517 - $68,318
Profit Sharing $1,538 - $40,935
Commission $15,000
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$91,427 - $274,165
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,003
Hourly Data $0$162
Hourly Rate $15.53 - $162.14
Overtime $21.31
Annual Data $0$274K
Bonus $2,517 - $68,318
Commission $15,000
Profit Sharing $1,538 - $40,935
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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$91,427 - $274,165
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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)


Survey results imply that Chief Information Officers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Leadership, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 6 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. It is often found that people who know IT Management are also skilled in Strategic Planning and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Information Officer (CIO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Information Officer (CIO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 252 salaries. An experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 1,029 salaries. A Chief Information Officer (CIO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $181,000 based on 1,028 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,837

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

Home to some of the best pay for Chief Information Officers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+33 percent), New York (+26 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), and Houston (+25 percent). Cleveland is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average.

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 256 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

▲13%

National Average
$160,000

▼2%

▼22%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 6%
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