Director of Information Systems Salary

Directors of Information Systems receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $100K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash earnings of Directors of Information Systems range from $59K on the low end to $159K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $28K and $31K, respectively. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Directors of Information Systems claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,610 - $149,072
(Median)
$60K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $99,610
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$18.84 - $55.64
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$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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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


Survey takers working as Directors of Information Systems report using a large range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know People Management command much higher paychecks, 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.


For many Directors of Information Systems, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $75K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $89K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $108K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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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