Six-figure salaries are the norm for Chief Information Officers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $151K per year. Cash earnings for Chief Information Officers — which occasionally include more than $67K from bonuses and more than $37K from profit sharing — stretch from around $92K to approximately $270K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Chief Information Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$90,359 - $230,000
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$90K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $150,715
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90%

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$18.18 - $171.14
(Median)
$18
$55
$170
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Salary
$90,359 - $230,000  
   
Bonus
$2,472 - $67,333  
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $36,965  
Commission
$22,500  
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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$91,990 - $270,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,059
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$18.18 - $171.14  
   
Overtime
$1.64 - $73.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$2,472 - $67,333  
   
Commission
$22,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $36,965  
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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$91,990 - $270,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 $138K per year.

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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, facility with Strategy, Leadership, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 5 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 educated in IT Management tend to be well versed in 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.


Chief Information Officers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $121K per year. Chief Information Officers bring in $156K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $179K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $158,265

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

Home to some of the best pay for Chief Information Officers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 45 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Dallas (+29 percent), Miami (+29 percent), and Houston (+26 percent).

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


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$158,000




Skills That Affect Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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