Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Chief Information Officers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $152K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings for Chief Information Officers — including $70K in bonuses and $40K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $92K to $271K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Read More
$90,027 - $229,693
$90K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $151,562
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$18.44 - $175.17
$18
$45
$180
MEDIAN: $45.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$90,027 - $229,693  
   
Bonus
$2,483 - $70,269  
Profit Sharing
$2,899 - $40,106  
Commission
$15,000  
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).
)
$92,309 - $271,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,928
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$18.44 - $175.17  
   
Overtime
$27.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$2,483 - $70,269  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,899 - $40,106  
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).
)
$92,309 - $271,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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).

Read More...

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)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Chief Information Officers often transition into a Chief Operating Officer position. Chief Operating Officers report a slightly lower median income of $139K.

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Chief Information Officers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. Those proficient in IT Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Strategic Planning and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $117K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $124K. Chief Information Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $157K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $181K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,659

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

With a pay rate for Chief Information Officers that is 44 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Chief Information Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+33 percent), New York (+27 percent), San Francisco (+26 percent), and Houston (+26 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

▲13%

National Average
$160,000

▼2%

▼22%

▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
ADVERTISEMENT