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Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Generous salaries abound for Information Technology Directors in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $30K, $19K, and $36K, respectively — total cash payment to Information Technology Directors can bottom out near $57K or top out at around $171K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but tenure and geographic location are influential factors as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Information Technology Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$58,346 - $151,179
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$58K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $101,394
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$14.53 - $73.38
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$15
$26
$73
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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Salary
$58,346 - $151,179  
   
Bonus
$728 - $30,305  
Profit Sharing
$1,452 - $19,077  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,745  
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$57,303 - $171,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 9,600
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$14.53 - $73.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.34  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$728 - $30,305  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$1,452 - $19,077  
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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$57,303 - $171,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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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While not commonly seen, Information Technology Directors who transition into a VP of Technology position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Technology is $152K per year. Information Technology Directors most often move into positions as Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology; those groups report median salaries that are $36K higher and $35K higher, respectively.

Information Technology (IT) Director Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Oracle Corp., HCA, Inc., Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio, and Merck & Co., Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Information Technology Directors. Although Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp boasts the highest average salary in town at $190K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $120K or as much as $222K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Oracle, IT Management, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent, 13 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. 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. It is often found that people who know Network Management / Administration are also skilled in IT Security & Infrastructure. People who know Project Management usually also 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Information Technology Directors. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $68K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $84K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $112K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $122K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Information Technology Directors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 31 percent above the national average. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Washington (+25 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Houston (+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
$106,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 32%


UNIX
up arrow 11%


National Average
$106,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 5%



Microsoft Word
up arrow 16%


Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 19%




HTML
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 2332 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%