Director of Information Systems Salary

Average pay for a Director of Information Systems in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $98K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $25K, total cash payment to Directors of Information Systems can bottom out at $57K or peak near $156K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Directors of Information Systems, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Directors of Information Systems (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$58,948 - $146,387
(Median)
$59K
$98K
$150K
MEDIAN: $98,243
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$19.24 - $45.44
(Median)
$19
$31
$45
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,948 - $146,387  
   
Bonus
$490.68 - $25,275  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $24,468  
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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$56,556 - $155,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 415
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$19.24 - $45.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$490.68 - $25,275  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $24,468  
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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$56,556 - $155,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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Job Description for Director of Information Systems

A director of information systems is generally responsible for the management of the information systems of the business. This director will usually manage any projects that would be part of the information systems. These projects could include implementation of new software, new equipment installation, or any changes or upgrades in current equipment. The maintenance for equipment would also be monitored and scheduled as part of the position. This person would generally be responsible for the telecommunications of the business. This would include maintaining any data that is stored in these systems. This director would be responsible for finding and maintaining vendors for new installation and communicating to management regarding the schedules that the new installations will follow. A director of information systems would also be responsible for maintaining records of any data files that are stored on the systems. Other responsibilities include checking systems and maintaining data security on a daily basis. This director would review any purchasing, billing, budgeting, and scheduling and work with accounts payable to ensure accuracy. This will include reviewing any contracts that can be updated or re-negotiated for possibly lower fees. Job requirements include being on-call 24/7 for emergencies, but the job would mainly involve standard daytime office hours.

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Director of Information Systems Tasks

  • Identify and propose new information technologies and systems to improve business processes and decision making.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of a multi-team or cross-functional organization.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the development.
  • Hire, review, and fire managers.
  • Work with the IT steering committee to establish the strategic direction of the Company's information systems as well as executing the strategy.

Common Career Paths for Director of Information Systems


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Directors of Information Systems might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Chief Information Officer, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $144K per year. Directors of Information Systems most often move into positions as VPs of Information Technology or VPs of Information Systems; those groups report median salaries that are $41K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Directors of Information Systems report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Project Management, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Exchange also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Network Management / Administration tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Information Systems

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Directors of Information Systems with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During the first five years of their careers, Directors of Information Systems see a median income of $80K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $86K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $107K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Director of Information Systems with more than 20 years of experience can earn $116K on average.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Oracle
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Project Management
0%

National Average
$101,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 6%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%


SQL
up arrow 10%


Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 14%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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