Director of Information Systems Salary

Directors of Information Systems in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $25K each, total incomes of Directors of Information Systems generally range from $55K to $156K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Directors of Information Systems (80 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,373 - $147,159
(Median)
$58K
$99K
$150K
MEDIAN: $98,639
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90%

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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
$58,373 - $147,159  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $25,031  
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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$55,040 - $155,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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
$486.45 - $25,031  
   
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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$55,040 - $155,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 typically move into roles as VPs of Information Technology or VPs of Information Systems, and those positions pay $41K more and $27K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Directors of Information Systems seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 proficient in Network Management / Administration are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $80K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $86K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $107K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $116K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 7%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$101,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 5%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%


SQL
up arrow 11%


Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 14%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 20%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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