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Information Systems (IS) Manager Salary (United States)

Information Systems Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent slightly less than two-thirds of Information Systems Managers. Salaries average out to around $74K per year and spread from $46K to $117K per year. Overall cash earnings for Information Systems Managers stretch from $46K on the lower end to $117K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of Information Systems Managers (81 percent). Job satisfaction for Information Systems Managers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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  
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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Information Systems Managers may go on to top-notch roles like Chief Information Officer, where median pay is $143K annually. Information Systems Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Information Technology Directors or Director of Information Systemss. The median paychecks in those roles are $25K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Information Systems (IS) Manager

Survey results imply that Information Systems Managers deploy a deep pool of skills 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 seem to negatively impact pay 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $59K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $82K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $87K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Information Systems Managers typically report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job, with those with one to 10 years following close behind.

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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Dallas
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Lansing
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For Information Systems Managers, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Portland, Chicago, and Austin, where Information Systems Managers annually earn 26 percent, 20 percent, 17 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Lansing, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Dallas and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Information Systems (IS) Manager Salaries

National Average
$75,000

Skills That Affect Information Systems (IS) Manager Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 30%
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%