Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Average pay for Information Technology Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($106K). In the world of Information Technology Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $59K and $177K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but career duration and geography are influential factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Information Technology Directors is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$60,560 - $155,751
(Median)
$61K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $105,812
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90%

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$14.82 - $66.98
(Median)
$15
$27
$67
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$60,560 - $155,751  
   
Bonus
$735 - $31,289  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $20,083  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,479  
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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$59,366 - $177,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10,636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $66.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$735 - $31,289  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,479  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $20,083  
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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$59,366 - $177,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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

  • 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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Information Technology Directors sometimes assume positions such as VPs of Technology. That role pays $153K per year on average. 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 $34K higher and $32K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, UnitedHealth Group, Oracle Corp., YMCA, and HCA, Inc. are all popular places to work. With a median salary of $174K, UnitedHealth Group offers Information Technology Directors the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $135K and are capped at $187K. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries at Merck & Co., Inc. (+$172K), General Electric Co (GE) (+$170K), and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (+$164K).

YMCA employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $86K, less than half of the top paying company's rate. HCA, Inc., Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio, and Oracle Corp. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($107K, $109K, and $142K respectively).

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Strategic Planning, IT Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Network Management / Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Network Management / Administration indicates knowledge of IT Security & Infrastructure. The majority of those who know Project Management also know People Management and IT Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Director

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Information Technology Directors. The average inexperienced worker earns $70K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $87K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $117K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $127K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $110,834

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

For those looking to make money, Information Technology Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Information Technology Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+28 percent), New York (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), and Boston (+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
$111,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1912 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
51%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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