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 ($100K). With some bonuses approaching $28K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $31K, overall incomes of Directors of Information Systems spread between $59K and $159K depending on individual performance. Geography 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 workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,610 - $149,072
(Median)
$60K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $99,610
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$18.84 - $55.64
(Median)
$19
$32
$56
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,610 - $149,072  
   
Bonus
$892 - $28,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $30,913  
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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$59,171 - $159,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 445
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$18.84 - $55.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$892 - $28,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $30,913  
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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$59,171 - $159,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Information Systems


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Many Directors of Information Systems move into a Chief Information Officer role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $145K per year. Typical career progression for a Director of Information Systems involves becoming a VP of Information Technology or a VP of Information Systems, roles that pay $40K more and $26K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Directors of Information Systems report using a large range of skills on the job. Fortunate workers who know People Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent 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 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $75K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $89K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $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 $116K.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$103,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

People Management
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Oracle
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National Average
$103,000

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 109 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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