Generous salaries abound for Directors of Information Systems in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Total cash compensation for Directors of Information Systems runs from $63K to $169K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $31K and profit sharing that can reach almost $25K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Information Systems like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Directors of Information Systems survey respondents are men (78 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$62,466 - $154,346
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$62K
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MEDIAN: $101,032
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$28.60 - $76.03
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$29
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$76
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,466 - $154,346  
   
Bonus
$1,965 - $30,628  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,253  
Total Pay (?
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$62,637 - $169,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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Hourly Rate
$28.60 - $76.03  
   
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$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,965 - $30,628  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,253  
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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$62,637 - $169,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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 often transition into Chief Information Officer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Chief Information Officers earn $145K per year. A Director of Information Systems often moves on to become a Director of Information Technology Services or a VP of Information Technology.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, People Management, Oracle, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Network Management / Administration also know 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $88K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $108K on average. Directors of Information Systems who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $114K.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Budget Management
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People Management
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Oracle
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National Average
$105,000

Project Management
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SQL
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Microsoft Exchange
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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