Information Systems (IS) Manager Salary (United States)

Information Systems (IS) Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly less than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $75,216 annually on average but can range from $46,265 to $117,262 per year. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority of Information Systems (IS) Managers (81 percent) are men. Most Information Systems (IS) Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Information Systems (IS) Manager Salary (?
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$48,572 - $111,542
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MEDIAN: $74,280
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Information Systems (IS) Manager Salary (?
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$14.77 - $39.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,572 - $111,542  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $15,025  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $6,326  
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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$46,265 - $117,262  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $39.57  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $51.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$244.68 - $15,025  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $6,326  
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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$46,265 - $117,262  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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Job Description for Information Systems (IS) Manager

Information system, or IS, managers, are the head of the information technology (IT) department and must be able to manage a team to ensure that they are functional and productive. They ensure program applications or modifications to those applications run smoothly.
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Information Systems (IS) Manager Tasks
  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and techonology solutions for business needs.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the development.

Common Career Paths for Information Systems (IS) Manager

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As Information Systems (IS) Managers transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Chief Information Officer may earn an extra $67K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Information Systems (IS) Managers most often move into positions as IT Directors or Director of Information Systemss, where they can expect an extra $25K or $21K per year.

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Popular Skills for Information Systems (IS) Manager

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Oracle, UNIX, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 21 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Microsoft Exchange tend to be well-versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Systems (IS) Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Information Systems (IS) Managers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. New salaries start at $59K and reach $70K in five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $82K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Information Systems (IS) Managers encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $88K annually. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Information Systems (IS) Managers report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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Portland
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Chicago
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Austin
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St. Louis
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Atlanta
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San Diego
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Nashville
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$75,000
Houston
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Seattle
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Surpassing the national average by 39 percent, Information Systems (IS) Managers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. New York, Portland, Chicago, and Austin also offer top salaries for Information Systems (IS) Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 26 percent, 20 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent more, respectively. Compared to the national average, Lansing Information Systems (IS) Managers have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (-11 percent) and Seattle (-6 percent).

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Experience Affects Information Systems (IS) Manager Salaries

National Average
$75,000

Skills That Affect Information Systems (IS) Manager Salaries

Oracle
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UNIX
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Linux
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SQL
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Project Management
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National Average
$75,000
Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 316 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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