Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Wages for Information Technology Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $31K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $20K, and a few commissions as high as $36K, total income for Information Technology Directors can range between $58K and $174K according to individual performance. While tenure and geography impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Information Technology Directors is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,531 - $153,407
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$60K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $103,304
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$14.70 - $73.22
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,531 - $153,407  
   
Bonus
$594 - $30,637  
Profit Sharing
$1,197 - $19,961  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,745  
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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$58,431 - $174,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.70 - $73.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$594 - $30,637  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$1,197 - $19,961  
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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$58,431 - $174,225  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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 not the most common occurrence, Information Technology Directors sometimes become VPs of Technology, where the average income is $153K per year. Career advancement for the typical Information Technology Director often leads to becoming a Chief Information Officer or a VP of Information Technology; median salaries in these positions are $35K higher and $33K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Information Technology Directors include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Oracle Corp., HCA, Inc., YMCA, and Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio. The biggest paychecks can be found at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp — the median salary there is $175K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $111K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $220K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Merck & Co., Inc., General Electric Co (GE), and Oracle Corp., where earnings of $172K, $170K, or $142K are standard for Information Technology Directors.

Also approaching the lower end are Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio at $108K, HCA, Inc. at $111K, and Oracle Corp. at $142K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, IT Management, Budget Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. A tool kit that includes Project Management also typically contains People Management, IT Management, and IT Security & Infrastructure. Most people familiar with Network Management / Administration also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $86K on average. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $114K. Information Technology Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $125K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Information Technology Directors, 30 percent higher than the national average. Information Technology Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Boston (+18 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
$109,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries




IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$109,000

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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1934 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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