Information Technology Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $112K per year on average. The range in cash compensation to Information Technology Directors (largely between $60K and $180K) includes potential earnings of $33K from bonuses, $20K from profit sharing, and commissions of $58K in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by experience level and location. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Information Technology Directors. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$61,991 - $159,473
(Median)
$62K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $111,894
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$15.18 - $69.07
(Median)
$15
$27
$69
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$61,991 - $159,473  
   
Bonus
$1,512 - $32,954  
Profit Sharing
$-0.41 - $20,216  
Commission
$-0.49 - $58,175  
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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$60,197 - $180,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 7,375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.18 - $69.07  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $51.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,512 - $32,954  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $58,175  
Profit Sharing
$-0.41 - $20,216  
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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$60,197 - $180,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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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.

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While Information Technology Directors do not often become VPs of Technology, the job pays $154K per year on average. Information Technology Directors typically move into roles as Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology, and those positions pay $30K more and $28K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors flock to Dell, Inc., Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Oracle Corp., UnitedHealth Group, and YMCA, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $182K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Merck & Co., Inc., General Electric Co (GE), and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Information Technology Directors rake in a whopping $172K, $163K, or $163K, respectively.

HCA, Inc., Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio, and Dell, Inc. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $107K, $109K, and $111K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Team Leadership, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 24 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Those listing System Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Information Technology Support also typically command lower compensation. Those who learned Project Management also tend to know People Management and IT Management. Most people skilled in Network Management / Administration are similarly competent 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.


Information Technology Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $69K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $90K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $122K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $132K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,714

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Information Technology Directors, 32 percent higher than the national average. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), Washington (+24 percent), and Dallas (+22 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
$116,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Project Management
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$116,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1048 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
35%

Common Health Benefits

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