Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Chief Information Officers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($148K) annually in the United States. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $68K and $40K, respectively — total cash payment to Chief Information Officers can bottom out near $86K or peak near $273K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Chief Information Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Chief Information Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$85,090 - $225,079
(Median)
$85K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $147,811
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$12.32 - $139.67
(Median)
$12
$42
$140
MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$85,090 - $225,079  
   
Bonus
$1,016 - $68,295  
Profit Sharing
$2,966 - $40,000  
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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$85,970 - $272,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,945
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $139.67  
   
Overtime
$1.17 - $175.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,016 - $68,295  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,966 - $40,000  
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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$85,970 - $272,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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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Although many Chief Information Officers transition into Chief Operating Officer roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $136K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Chief Information Officers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Leadership, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 16 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Internet Information Server also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know IT Management are also skilled 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.


For many Chief Information Officers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $103K. Chief Information Officers see a median salary of $154K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $185K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Chief Information Officers, 43 percent higher than the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+35 percent), San Francisco (+33 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), and Philadelphia (+27 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 2 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$157,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

Strategy
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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National Average
$157,000

IT Management
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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 536 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
52%

Common Health Benefits

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