Director of Information Technology Services Salary
Six-figure salaries are the norm for Directors of IT Services in the United States, with median pay hovering around $108K per year. Total cash earnings of Directors of IT Services range from $63K on the low end to $179K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $32K and $25K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (81 percent) of Directors of IT Services who answered the questionnaire are male. Job satisfaction for Directors of IT Services is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$64,527 - $159,045|
|Bonus||$1,474 - $32,395|
|Profit Sharing||$407.46 - $24,875|
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|$63,108 - $178,907|
|Hourly Rate||$14.79 - $88.19|
|Bonus||$1,474 - $32,395|
|Profit Sharing||$407.46 - $24,875|
|Total Pay (||$63,108 - $178,907|
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
- 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 Technology Services
Directors of IT Services' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Chief Technology Officer. The average Chief Technology Officer brings home $148K per year. The most common next step for a Director of Information Technology Services is to become a Chief Information Officer or a VP of Information Technology. The former position pays an additional $33K per year on average, and the latter position pays $31K more per year.
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Popular Skills for Director of Information Technology Services
Directors of IT Services seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Budget Management, Strategic Planning, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Microsoft Office 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
Pay by Experience for a Director of Information Technology Services has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Information Technology Services with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 75 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Information Technology Services with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $98,000 based on 187 salaries. An experienced Director of Information Technology Services which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $114,000 based on 532 salaries. A Director of Information Technology Services with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 270 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Directors of IT Services, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Directors of IT Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+30 percent), Irvine (+23 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and New York (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis and Raleigh (16 percent lower).
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