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Director of Information Systems Salary

Directors of Information Systems in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $101K annually. Cash earnings for Directors of Information Systems — which occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $26K from profit sharing — stretch from around $57K to approximately $157K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Information Systems. Directors of Information Systems who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 81 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,883 - $144,363
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MEDIAN: $98,865
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$18.84 - $46.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$58,883 - $144,363  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $28,785  
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $25,532  
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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$56,541 - $157,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 411
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Hourly Rate
$18.84 - $46.37  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$486.45 - $28,785  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,468 - $25,532  
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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$56,541 - $157,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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.
  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and technology solutions for business needs.

Common Career Paths for Director of Information Systems


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Directors of Information Systems usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Chief Information Officer. The average pay for a Chief Information Officer is $143K annually. When Directors of Information Systems are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become VPs of Information Technology or Directors of IT Services. Those roles pay an additional $39K and $3K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Directors of Information Systems report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, SQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Internet Information Server (IIS) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Exchange. 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.


For Directors of Information Systems, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $80K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $88K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $109K on average. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $115K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$101,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$101,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 6%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%


Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 16%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 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
44%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%