Director of Information Systems Salary

Average pay for a Director of Information Systems in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $99K per year. In the world of Directors of Information Systems, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $158K at the top; this can include more than $27K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Directors of Information Systems are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,113 - $146,815
(Median)
$59K
$99K
$150K
MEDIAN: $98,599
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$19.02 - $45.96
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$19
$27
$46
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,113 - $146,815  
   
Bonus
$493.16 - $27,148  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $24,566  
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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$55,541 - $157,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 414
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Hourly Rate
$19.02 - $45.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.15  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$493.16 - $27,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $24,566  
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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$55,541 - $157,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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. When Directors of Information Systems are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become VPs of Information Technology or VPs of Information Systems. Those roles pay an additional $40K and $26K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, SQL, Internet Information Server, and Microsoft SQL Server 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 Exchange and Network Management / Administration 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 pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Information Systems — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $80K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $87K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $108K. Directors of Information Systems with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $117K.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$101,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$101,000

SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Exchange
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%