Director of Information Systems Salary

On average, Directors of Information Systems in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($98K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total cash compensation to Directors of Information Systems ranges from $54K on the lower end to $155K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $25K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Directors of Information Systems enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,734 - $146,041

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$19.24 - $45.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$57,734 - $146,041  
   
Bonus
$480.47 - $24,869  
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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$53,727 - $154,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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Hourly Rate
$19.24 - $45.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$480.47 - $24,869  
   
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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$53,727 - $154,630  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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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 $144K per year. The most common next step for a Director of Information Systems is to become a VP of Information Technology or a VP of Information Systems. The former position pays an additional $41K per year on average, and the latter position pays $27K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Directors of Information Systems seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 Internet Information Server also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Network Management / Administration tend to be well versed 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.


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. During the first five years of their careers, Directors of Information Systems see a median income of $78K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $84K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $106K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Director of Information Systems generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $115K.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries



National Average
$100,000



Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 7%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$100,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 10%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 10%



Microsoft Exchange
up arrow 15%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 16%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 20%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

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