Director of Information Systems Salary

Average pay for Directors of Information Systems in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($102K). Cash earnings for Directors of Information Systems — which occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing — stretch from around $61K to approximately $172K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Information Systems survey respondents are men (77 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,872 - $153,915
$61K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,331
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$28.60 - $76.03
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$76
MEDIAN: $35.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$60,872 - $153,915  
   
Bonus
$2,483 - $31,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,083  
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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$61,404 - $172,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$28.60 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,483 - $31,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,083  
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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$61,404 - $172,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and technology solutions for business needs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Information Systems


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Advancing into a Chief Information Officer role seems to be a popular career move for Directors of Information Systems, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $146K per year. More often than not, a Director of Information Technology Services role is the next step for Directors of Information Systems moving up in the field. Pay for Directors of IT Services is usually $106K. Many Directors of Information Systems choose to take on a VP of Information Technology role instead, where salaries are typically $144K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Survey takers working as Directors of Information Systems report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Budget Management, People Management, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Exchange as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking and Windows Operating System General Use 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.


Directors of Information Systems with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $63K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $90K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $108K. 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 $121K.

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Key Stats for Director of Information Systems

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
38%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$107,000

▼16%

▼41%

Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Strategic Planning
▲5%

Budget Management
▲3%

People Management
▼0%

National Average
$107,000

Oracle
▼1%

Leadership
▼2%



SQL
▼17%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼17%




Microsoft Word
▼25%


Microsoft Exchange
▼29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
8%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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