Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Salaries for Information Technology Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($106K) per year. Overall compensation packages to Information Technology Directors range from $59K on the low end to $177K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $31K and profit sharing that approaches $20K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $35K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and geographic location. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$60,560 - $155,751
(Median)
$61K
$110K
$160K
MEDIAN: $105,812
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$14.82 - $66.98
(Median)
$15
$27
$67
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$60,560 - $155,751  
   
Bonus
$735 - $31,289  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $20,083  
Commission
$0.00 - $35,479  
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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$59,366 - $177,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10,636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.82 - $66.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $55.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$735 - $31,289  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $35,479  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $20,083  
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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$59,366 - $177,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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.

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 $153K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Information Technology Director often leads to becoming a Chief Information Officer or a VP of Information Technology; median salaries in these positions are $34K higher and $32K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Many Information Technology Directors can be found at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, UnitedHealth Group, Oracle Corp., YMCA, and HCA, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Salary cannot be beat at UnitedHealth Group, where median pay comes to $174K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $135K, and the higher end is not far away at $187K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Merck & Co., Inc., General Electric Co (GE), and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where earnings of $172K, $170K, or $164K are standard for Information Technology Directors.

Less than half of the top paying employer's rate, YMCA offers a median salary of just $86K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are HCA, Inc. ($107K), Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio ($109K), and Oracle Corp. ($142K).

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Survey takers working as Information Technology Directors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Strategic Planning, IT Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Network Management / Administration as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Windows Operating System General Use and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking also typically command lower compensation. People who know Project Management usually also know People Management and IT Management. Those proficient in Network Management / Administration are, more often than not, 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.


Information Technology Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $70K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $87K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $117K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $127K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $110,834

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

For those looking to make money, Information Technology Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+28 percent), New York (+28 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), and Boston (+21 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
$111,000



Skills That Affect Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1912 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
51%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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