Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Compensation for Chief Information Officers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($147K). In the world of Chief Information Officers, overall income ranges from $86K near the bottom to $273K at the top; this can include more than $68K from bonuses and more than $40K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Chief Information Officers (88 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$84,936 - $224,686
(Median)
$85K
$150K
$220K
MEDIAN: $147,469
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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
$84,936 - $224,686  
   
Bonus
$1,015 - $67,726  
Profit Sharing
$2,978 - $40,337  
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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$85,890 - $272,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,946
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $139.67  
   
Overtime
$1.21 - $173.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,015 - $67,726  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,978 - $40,337  
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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$85,890 - $272,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Many Chief Information Officers transition into upper-level roles like Chief Operating Officer. However, Chief Operating Officers do report a slightly lower median income of $136K per year.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Chief Information Officers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategy, Leadership, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 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.


Chief Information Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $103K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. For Chief Information Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $154K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $184K, 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, 45 percent higher than the national average. Chief Information Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+33 percent), San Francisco (+32 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), and Philadelphia (+28 percent). Falling short of the national average by 1 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix.

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$156,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

Strategy
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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
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 544 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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