Director of Information Technology Services Salary
Average pay for Directors of IT Services in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($109K). In the world of Directors of IT Services, total cash compensation can vary between $66K and $179K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $33K and $25K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 86 percent of Directors of IT Services are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Part of the daily responsibilities of directors of information technology is system management. They oversee upgrades, installations, conversions, and maintenance. They also oversee user training and help desk administration. Their staff may work on the help desk to answer questions and solve problems, as well as offer training on new software for the company. Directors of information technology are also responsible for the company’s internet technology budget. They may create the budget, or at minimum, be required to adhere to certain budgetary constraints.
Directors of information technology may also work closely with third-party vendors of technology or services. Often, they work at a business office; however, travel may be required to other business locations or vendor meetings. They typically work during regular business hours, although special projects may additional hours or that they be on call for a period of time.
Typically, the director of information technology services is required to have at minimum a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or a related field. They also are usually asked to have five or more years of experience in a technology and management position. Outstanding written and verbal skills, relevant knowledge of the business field that the company operates in, and strong analytical skills are also a plus.
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
Directors of IT Services may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Chief Technology Officer. The latter position pays an average of $148K annually. Directors of IT Services moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology. The median paychecks in those roles are $33K higher and $31K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Director of Information Technology Services
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Budget Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Project Management also tend to know Budget Management and IT Security & Infrastructure.
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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $80K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $98K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. Directors of IT Services with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $125K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Directors of IT Services, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 55 percent above the national average. Directors of IT Services will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+49 percent), Miami (+28 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Baltimore (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).