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Director of Information Technology Services Salary (United States)

Directors of IT Services enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($110K) annually in the United States. Total cash earnings of Directors of IT Services range from $61K on the low end to $175K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $31K and $15K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male Directors of IT Services far outnumber their female contemporaries in the field. Most Directors of IT Services report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Director of Information Technology Services Salary (?
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$61,019 - $154,008
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MEDIAN: $103,773
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Director of Information Technology Services Salary (?
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$15.77 - $106.65
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,019 - $154,008  
   
Bonus
$986 - $30,642  
Profit Sharing
$1,989 - $15,445  
Commission
$0.00 - $49,665  
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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$60,716 - $174,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,857
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Hourly Rate
$15.77 - $106.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $64.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$986 - $30,642  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,665  
Profit Sharing
$1,989 - $15,445  
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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$60,716 - $174,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Job Description for Director of Information Technology Services

The director of information technology services is responsible for planning, organizing, and ensuring the execution of all of the information technology functions to meet the needs and goals of the business. They work as part of an administrative team, as well as supervise the information technology staff that carries out their departmental tasks.
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Director of Information Technology Services 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 Technology Services

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There are some Directors of IT Services — though it's uncommon — that transition into Chief Technology Officers, where earnings are typically $144K annually. Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology are common next-step roles for Directors of IT Services moving up in their careers; annual pay for Chief Information Officers is $33K higher on average, and it's $30K higher for VPs of Information Technology.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Technology Services

Directors of IT Services seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Budget Management, UNIX, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 10 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. 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 experienced in Network Management / Administration also know IT Security & Infrastructure. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know Strategic Planning, IT Security & Infrastructure, and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Information Technology Services

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Directors of IT Services who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $76K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $90K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $116K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $126K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Directors of IT Services with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$110,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of IT Services, 33 percent above the national average. Washington, Los Angeles, Denver, and New York are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Directors of IT Services earning around 29 percent, 27 percent, 23 percent, and 22 percent more than average. Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Director of Information Technology Services Salaries

National Average
$110,000

Skills That Affect Director of Information Technology Services Salaries

UNIX
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Project Management
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$110,000
IT Security & Infrastructure
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Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 505 votes.

Gender

Female
16%
female alumni
 
Male
84%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%