Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Compensation for Information Technology Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($114K). In the world of Information Technology Directors, total cash compensation ranges from $61K on the lower end to $184K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $34K and profit sharing that approaches $20K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $58K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by experience level and geographic location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Technology Directors. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$62,834 - $162,537
$63K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $113,723
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$16.32 - $70.63
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MEDIAN: $27.88
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$0$183K
Salary $62,834 - $162,537
Bonus $1,547 - $33,514
Profit Sharing $518 - $20,256
Commission $1,030 - $58,175
Total Pay (?
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$61,071 - $183,767
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,433
Hourly Data $0$70
Hourly Rate $16.32 - $70.63
Overtime $16.89 - $56.66
Annual Data $0$183K
Bonus $1,547 - $33,514
Commission $1,030 - $58,175
Profit Sharing $518 - $20,256
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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$61,071 - $183,767
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 258

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Job Description for Information Technology (IT) Director

Information technology (IT) directors are responsible for managing and directing IT operations for their companies and providing leadership and technical advice to lead their departments. They may also be responsible for developing effective strategies for deploying technology and software, testing hardware devices and applications before introducing them to management, and managing schedules and deployment contracts.

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Information Technology (IT) Director Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Information Technology (IT) Director


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Information Technology Directors who advance into the role of a VP of Technology are fairly uncommon. VPs of Technology on average earn $154K per year. Information Technology Directors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology. The median paychecks in those roles are $28K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Information Technology Directors include Dell, Inc., Oracle Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and HCA, Inc. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $182K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider UnitedHealth Group, Merck & Co., Inc., and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Information Technology Directors rake in a massive $176K, $172K, or $163K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at HCA, Inc. ($107K), Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio ($109K), and Dell, Inc. ($111K).

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Leadership, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Server 2012 R2 as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. System Administration and Network Management / Administration also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Project Management also know People Management and IT Management. Most people familiar with Network Management / Administration also know IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Director

Pay by Experience for an Information Technology (IT) Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Technology (IT) Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 735 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Technology (IT) Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 1,479 salaries. An experienced Information Technology (IT) Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 4,565 salaries. An Information Technology (IT) Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 2,638 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,637

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Information Technology Directors that is 30 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Information Technology Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), New York (+25 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent).

Information Technology (IT) Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Director?

Information Technology (IT) Director in Fayetteville:
Pros: Helping people get what they need to do a good job for their students and their research.
Cons: High stress, untenable workload, competing priorities.

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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Key Stats for Information Technology (IT) Director

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1192 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$118,000

▼23%

▼41%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1192 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 8%
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