Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Information Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $150K per year. Total cash compensation for Chief Information Officers runs from $88K to $280K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $73K and profit sharing that can reach almost $49K. Location and experience level 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up the vast majority of Chief Information Officers (88 percent) who took the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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
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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 (?
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$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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Chief Information Officers often transition into a Chief Operating Officer position. Chief Operating Officers report a slightly lower median income of $138K.

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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. Most people familiar with IT Management also know Project Management and Strategic Planning. People who know Leadership usually also know 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. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Chief Information Officers make a median salary of $155K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $187K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,010

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

For those looking to make money, Chief Information Officers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+35 percent), Minneapolis (+35 percent), Atlanta (+28 percent), and San Francisco (+26 percent). Chief Information Officers in Cleveland earn salaries far below the national average by 41 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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


National Average
$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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