Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary with Leadership skills

On average, Chief Information Officers with Leadership skills earn six-figure salaries ($164K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of Chief Information Officers with Leadership skills, total cash compensation can vary between $99K and $297K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $76K and $44K, respectively. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Chief Information Officers with Leadership skills (85 percent) who took the survey are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$98,138 - $246,325
MEDIAN: $164,012

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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.
$98,138 - $246,325  
$2,521 - $76,037  
Profit Sharing
$3,908 - $43,631  
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).
$99,393 - $297,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 912
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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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $124K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $133K. Chief Information Officers with Leadership skills bring in $171K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $198K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 173 votes.


15 %
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 5%