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Director of Information Systems Salary

Directors of Information Systems enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($99K) annually in the United States. In the world of Directors of Information Systems, overall income ranges from $57K near the bottom to $159K at the top; this can include more than $28K from bonuses and more than $24K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are far more male Directors of Information Systems survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,102 - $148,142
(Median)
$59K
$99K
$150K
MEDIAN: $99,345
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$19.24 - $45.44
(Median)
$19
$31
$45
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,102 - $148,142  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $28,098  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $24,361  
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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$57,497 - $158,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 419
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 (?
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$496.65 - $28,098  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $24,361  
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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$57,497 - $158,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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 often transition into Chief Information Officer positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Chief Information Officers earn $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 $40K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Directors of Information Systems seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Project Management, Microsoft SQL Server, and SQL 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. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Information Systems — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $80K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $87K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $109K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $116K on average.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Oracle
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Project Management
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National Average
$102,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 7%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 8%


Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 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
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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