Director of Information Systems Salary

Salaries for Directors of Information Systems in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. In the world of Directors of Information Systems, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $64K and $171K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Information Systems survey respondents are men (78 percent). Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Information Systems. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,197 - $153,422
$64K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $107,414
10%
50%
90%

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$29.21 - $65.00
$31
MEDIAN: $30.52
50%

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$0$170K
Salary $64,197 - $153,422
Bonus $2,932 - $30,559
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,168
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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$63,714 - $170,522
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 255
Hourly Data $0$65
Hourly Rate $30.52
Overtime $36.00
Annual Data $0$170K
Bonus $2,932 - $30,559
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,168
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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$63,714 - $170,522
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 $146K per year. A Director of Information Technology Services role is the most common promotion for Directors of Information Systems moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $106K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Directors of Information Systems is a VP of Information Technology position, where earnings are usually $144K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Those listing Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Word 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

Pay by Experience for a Director of Information Systems has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Information Systems with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 18 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Information Systems with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Director of Information Systems which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 158 salaries. A Director of Information Systems with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 91 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,223

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Directors of Information Systems, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 87 percent above the national average. Compared to the national average, Los Angeles Directors of Information Systems have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Houston and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Director of Information Systems

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
38%
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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries

▲11%

National Average
$111,000

▼3%

▼18%

▼44%

Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Team Leadership
▲26%

Strategic Planning
▲1%

National Average
$111,000

People Management
▼3%

Oracle
▼5%


Leadership
▼6%

SQL
▼9%







Microsoft Word
▼28%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 7%
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