Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Compensation for Information Technology Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($103K). Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Information Technology Directors — as high as $30K, $20K and $41K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $58K to $173K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by years of experience and geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Information Technology Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,042 - $152,483
(Median)
$59K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $102,539
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$14.92 - $72.63
(Median)
$15
$27
$73
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,042 - $152,483  
   
Bonus
$726 - $30,482  
Profit Sharing
$1,256 - $19,873  
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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$58,182 - $173,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,683
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.92 - $72.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.48  
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
$726 - $30,482  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $40,547  
Profit Sharing
$1,256 - $19,873  
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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$58,182 - $173,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 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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There are some Information Technology Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Technology, where earnings are an average $153K annually. Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology are common next-step roles for Information Technology Directors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Chief Information Officers is $36K higher on average, and it's $34K higher for VPs of Information Technology.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Oracle Corp., HCA, Inc., YMCA, and Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio are all popular places to work. The biggest paychecks can be found at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp — the median salary there is $182K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $111K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $221K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with People Management, IT Management, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 13 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. HTML and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains IT Management, People Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure. Most people skilled in Network Management / Administration are similarly competent in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $69K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $85K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $113K. Information Technology Directors 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 Information Technology Directors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Information Technology Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), Washington (+25 percent), Seattle (+21 percent), and Minneapolis (+21 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
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IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$108,000

Project Management
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SQL
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Microsoft Word
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2145 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%