Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Average pay for Chief Information Officers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($148K). In the world of Chief Information Officers, total cash compensation can vary between $86K and $274K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $69K and $40K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Chief Information Officers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$85,313 - $225,493

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$12.32 - $146.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$85,313 - $225,493  
   
Bonus
$1,025 - $68,534  
Profit Sharing
$2,947 - $39,866  
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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$86,339 - $273,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,940
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $146.81  
   
Overtime
$1.14 - $176.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,025 - $68,534  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,947 - $39,866  
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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$86,339 - $273,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 report using a deep pool of 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 30 percent, 15 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. Those familiar with IT Management also tend to know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Chief Information Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $103K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $116K. On average, Chief Information Officers make $154K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $185K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Information Officers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+35 percent), San Francisco (+33 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), and Philadelphia (+26 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$157,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

Strategy
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National Average
$157,000

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
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 522 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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