Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Generous salaries abound for Chief Information Officers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($150K) per year. Total cash earnings of Chief Information Officers range from $88K on the low end to $280K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $73K and $49K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Chief Information Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Chief Information Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$87,038 - $229,813
(Median)
$87K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $149,730
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$12.41 - $151.52
(Median)
$12
$45
$150
MEDIAN: $45.00
10%
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90%

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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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$87,038 - $229,813  
   
Bonus
$1,282 - $73,209  
Profit Sharing
$2,971 - $48,936  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$88,121 - $279,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $151.52  
   
Overtime
$1.10 - $177.39  
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.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,282 - $73,209  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,971 - $48,936  
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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$88,121 - $279,880  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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 $138K per year.

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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, skills in Strategy, Software Development Management, Leadership, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. 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. For most people, competency in IT Management indicates knowledge of Project Management and Strategic Planning. A tool kit that includes Leadership also typically contains 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.


Chief Information Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $111K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $118K. Chief Information Officers see a median salary of $155K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $187K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,010

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

For Chief Information Officers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Chief Information Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+35 percent), Minneapolis (+35 percent), Atlanta (+28 percent), and San Francisco (+26 percent). Chief Information Officers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Chief Information Officers in Cleveland bring in salaries that are 41 percent lower than the national average.

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Reviews

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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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


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$159,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 481 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
35%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

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