Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Information Technology Directors in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $103K annually. Total cash compensation for Information Technology Directors runs from $58K to $174K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $31K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. While tenure and location impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,487 - $153,342
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$59K
$100K
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MEDIAN: $103,273
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$14.74 - $73.38
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$15
$27
$73
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,487 - $153,342  
   
Bonus
$583 - $30,653  
Profit Sharing
$1,190 - $19,926  
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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$58,381 - $174,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,789
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $73.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$583 - $30,653  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$1,190 - $19,926  
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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$58,381 - $174,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
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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 it's uncommon, some Information Technology Directors move into roles as VPs of Technology, where pay is an average $153K per year. Typical career progression for an Information Technology Director involves becoming a Chief Information Officer or a VP of Information Technology, roles that pay $35K more and $33K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Oracle Corp., HCA, Inc., YMCA, and Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio are top-notch employers for Information Technology Directors in this area. For Information Technology Directors, comfortable salaries can be found at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp; in fact, average earnings are around $175K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($111K versus $220K) is great. Also paying near the top of the field are Merck & Co., Inc. at $172K, General Electric Co (GE) at $170K, and Oracle Corp., where Information Technology Directors annually earn $142K.

Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio, HCA, Inc. and Oracle Corp. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $108K, $111K, and $142K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, IT Management, UNIX, and IT Security & Infrastructure are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 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. Those familiar with Network Management / Administration also tend to know IT Security & Infrastructure. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in People Management, IT 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $69K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $86K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $115K. 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 offers some of the highest pay in the country for Information Technology Directors, 30 percent above the national average. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+28 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), and Boston (+19 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



UNIX
up arrow 9%

IT Security & Infrastructure
up arrow 1%

National Average
$109,000

Project Management
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SQL
up arrow 7%



Microsoft Word
up arrow 17%



Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 19%




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1946 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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