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Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

For Information Technology Directors, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where the average employee brings in around $182K relative to the national average of $103K annually for those in this line of work. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$59,287 - $152,902
(Median)
$59K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,884
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$14.77 - $70.68
(Median)
$15
$27
$71
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,287 - $152,902  
   
Bonus
$668 - $30,557  
Profit Sharing
$1,228 - $20,062  
Commission
$0.00 - $40,547  
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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$58,331 - $173,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,732
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $70.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $59.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$668 - $30,557  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $40,547  
Profit Sharing
$1,228 - $20,062  
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).
)
$58,331 - $173,599  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280

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Job Description for Information Technology (IT) Director

Information technology (IT) directors provide direction to an organization in matters involving relationships with external technology vendors or providers and management of an organization's IT security from the operating system level to the enterprise level. They are also responsible for ensuring that all levels pass the mandatory periodic security audits and for conducting periodic IT performance reviews of costs and productivity in order to come up with recommendations for upgrades and the improvement of productivity levels.

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Information Technology (IT) Director Tasks

  • Ready organization for IT security audits or investigations.
  • Manage security of network, systems, and enterprise information.
  • Review the performance of IT systems to determine operating costs, productivity levels, and upgrade requirements.
  • Build relationships with external IT vendors and service providers.
  • Benchmark and make recommendations for the improvement of the IT infrastructure of IT systems.

Common Career Paths for Information Technology (IT) Director


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Though some Information Technology Directors move into positions like VP of Technology (where the average salary is $154K), this progression is not the norm. When Information Technology Directors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology. Those roles pay an additional $36K and $33K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Survey takers working as Information Technology Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, IT Management, UNIX, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 percent. Those listing HTML 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 Network Management / Administration also tend to know IT Security & Infrastructure. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know IT Management, People Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Information Technology Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $69K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $85K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $114K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $124K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Information Technology Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Technology Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Washington (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), and Seattle (+20 percent).

Information Technology (IT) Director Reviews

What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Director at Oracle Corp.?

Information Technology (IT) Director in Denver:
"Solid Company, Good Benefits, Opportunity To Excel."
Pros: Lots of flexibility to drive your own career forward.
Cons: Big company culture.

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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries



UNIX
up arrow 9%

IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$108,000

Project Management
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SQL
up arrow 7%



Microsoft Word
up arrow 17%


Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 19%




HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2064 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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