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Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Chief Information Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $147K per year on average. Cash earnings for Chief Information Officers — which occasionally include more than $70K from bonuses and more than $40K from profit sharing — stretch from around $85K to approximately $274K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Chief Information Officers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$84,058 - $224,553
(Median)
$84K
$150K
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MEDIAN: $146,821
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$12.61 - $137.98
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$84,058 - $224,553  
   
Bonus
$1,013 - $70,328  
Profit Sharing
$2,921 - $40,053  
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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$84,752 - $274,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,899
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$12.61 - $137.98  
   
Overtime
$1.26 - $172.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,013 - $70,328  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,921 - $40,053  
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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$84,752 - $274,132  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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 $137K.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Survey takers working as Chief Information Officers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Leadership, Strategic Planning, Software Development Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 18 percent. 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 who know IT Management also 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.


Chief Information Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $104K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $115K. Chief Information Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $153K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $183K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Chief Information Officers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 45 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+32 percent), San Francisco (+29 percent), Seattle (+29 percent), and Minneapolis (+26 percent).

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Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries


National Average
$155,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries





National Average
$155,000

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 569 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: 71% employee benefits None: 6%
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