Salaries for Information Technology Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($113K) per year. Cash earnings of Information Technology Directors — including $33K in bonuses, $20K in profit sharing proceeds, and $55K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $61K to approximately $182K depending on individual performance. While years of experience and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Information Technology Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$63,009 - $160,743
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MEDIAN: $112,721
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$15.94 - $69.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$63,009 - $160,743  
   
Bonus
$1,511 - $33,386  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $20,250  
Commission
$500 - $55,000  
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$60,937 - $182,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7,380
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Hourly Rate
$15.94 - $69.01  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $53.58  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,511 - $33,386  
   
Commission
$500 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $20,250  
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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$60,937 - $182,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 255

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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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While Information Technology Directors do not often become VPs of Technology, the job pays $154K per year on average. Typical career progression for an Information Technology Director involves becoming a Chief Information Officer or a VP of Information Technology, roles that pay $29K more and $27K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Information Technology Directors include Dell, Inc., UnitedHealth Group, Oracle Corp., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and HCA, Inc. The biggest paychecks can be found at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) — the median salary there is $182K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Merck & Co., Inc. at $172K, UnitedHealth Group at $165K, and KPMG, LLP, where Information Technology Directors annually earn $163K.

Employees at HCA, Inc., Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio, and Dell, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $107K, $109K, and $111K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 24 percent, 22 percent, and 20 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. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include People Management and IT Management. It is often found that people who know Network Management / Administration are also skilled 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $69K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $91K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $123K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,536

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

Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Information Technology Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), Washington (+24 percent), and Chicago (+23 percent).

Information Technology (IT) Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Information Technology (IT) Director

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1043 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries



National Average
$117,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1043 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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