Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Compensation for Information Technology Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($103K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $31K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Information Technology Directors can bottom out near $58K or peak near $174K depending on individual performance. While career length and geographic location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Information Technology Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,551 - $153,165

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$14.74 - $74.28

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$59,551 - $153,165  
   
Bonus
$556 - $30,522  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $19,708  
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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$58,396 - $173,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 9,801
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $74.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$556 - $30,522  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,745  
Profit Sharing
$1,163 - $19,708  
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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$58,396 - $173,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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 not the most common occurrence, Information Technology Directors sometimes become VPs of Technology, where the average income is $153K per year. Information Technology Directors typically move into roles as Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology, and those positions pay $35K more and $33K more, 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 Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Oracle Corp., YMCA, HCA, Inc., and Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio. Information Technology Directors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Merck & Co., Inc., where the average salary comes to $172K. Other big spenders include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, General Electric Co (GE), and Oracle Corp., top-paying firms where Information Technology Directors see paychecks nearing $171K, $170K, or $142K.

Also approaching the lower end are Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio at $108K, HCA, Inc. at $111K, and Oracle Corp. at $142K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, IT Management, Operations Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 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. For most people, competency in Network Management / Administration indicates knowledge of IT Security & Infrastructure. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


For many Information Technology Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $69K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $86K on average. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $115K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $125K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Information Technology Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Washington (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+19 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





IT Security & Infrastructure
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National Average
$109,000

Project Management
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SQL
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Microsoft Word
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1901 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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