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Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Information Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $146K per year. In the world of Chief Information Officers, total cash compensation can vary between $84K and $273K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $68K and $41K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Chief Information Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Chief Information Officers (88 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$83,407 - $224,148
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$83K
$150K
$220K
MEDIAN: $145,824
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$12.61 - $137.98
(Median)
$13
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MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$83,407 - $224,148  
   
Bonus
$1,016 - $68,241  
Profit Sharing
$2,891 - $40,547  
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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$83,977 - $272,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,885
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $137.98  
   
Overtime
$1.21 - $173.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,016 - $68,241  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,891 - $40,547  
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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$83,977 - $272,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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Job Description for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

The role of the Chief Information Officer is to provide guidance and direction to the development and operation of their organization’s information technology infrastructure. The Chief Information Officer is the senior executive who has the responsibility for establishing, coordinating, and evaluating information technology (IT) strategy and policy for their organization. The ability to implement both short-term and long-range planning is central to company's IT growth and success.

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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 move into Chief Operating Officer roles. Chief Operating Officers seem to make a little less than Chief Information Officers as their salaries average out to $137K a year.

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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 Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in IT Management are similarly competent 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $103K. Chief Information Officers see a median salary of $152K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $182K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Chief Information Officers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 44 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+35 percent), Miami (+31 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), and Minneapolis (+27 percent).

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$154,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

Strategy
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National Average
$154,000

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 583 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
51%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 6%