Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Chief Information Officers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $151K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. With some bonuses approaching $68K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $49K, overall incomes of Chief Information Officers spread between $92K and $272K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Most Chief Information Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$89,315 - $230,036
$89K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $151,271
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$17.62 - $173.62
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$170
MEDIAN: $43.61
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$89,315 - $230,036  
   
Bonus
$2,593 - $67,675  
Profit Sharing
$2,925 - $48,898  
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).
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$91,592 - $271,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $173.62  
   
Overtime
$21.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$2,593 - $67,675  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,925 - $48,898  
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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$91,592 - $271,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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

  • 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)


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Chief Information Officers who take on a higher-level position such as Chief Operating Officer may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Chief Operating Officers on average bring home $139K.

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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, facility with Strategy, Leadership, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 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 familiar with IT Management also tend to know Strategic Planning and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Information Officer (CIO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Information Officer (CIO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 252 salaries. An experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 1,029 salaries. A Chief Information Officer (CIO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $181,000 based on 1,028 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $158,719

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

For Chief Information Officers, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+34 percent), New York (+27 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), and Houston (+26 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 12 percent below the national average.

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.

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Key Stats for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 243 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%
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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

▲14%

National Average
$159,000

▼1%

▼22%

▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 243 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
53%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 6%
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