Information Technology (IT) Director Salary

Information Technology Directors enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($113K) annually in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Information Technology Directors stretch from $61K on the lower end to $183K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $33K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. While experience level and geographic location impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. For the most part, Information Technology Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$62,919 - $161,216
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MEDIAN: $112,725
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$15.50 - $67.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$62,919 - $161,216  
   
Bonus
$1,489 - $33,346  
Profit Sharing
$-0.41 - $20,276  
Commission
$1,021 - $48,936  
Total Pay (?
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$60,831 - $182,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7,095
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Hourly Rate
$15.50 - $67.56  
   
Overtime
$20.12 - $51.83  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,489 - $33,346  
   
Commission
$1,021 - $48,936  
Profit Sharing
$-0.41 - $20,276  
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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$60,831 - $182,695  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 261

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Information Technology Directors move into roles as VPs of Technology, where pay is an average $154K per year. When Information Technology Directors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Chief Information Officers or VPs of Information Technology. Those roles pay an additional $30K and $27K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Information Technology (IT) Director


Many Information Technology Directors can be found at Dell, Inc., Oracle Corp., UnitedHealth Group, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and HCA, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $182K. Other leaders in compensation levels are UnitedHealth Group at $176K, Merck & Co., Inc. at $172K, and KPMG, LLP, where Information Technology Directors annually earn $163K.

HCA, Inc., Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio and Dell, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $107K, $109K, and $111K.

Popular Skills for Information Technology (IT) Director


Information Technology Directors seem to exploit a large range of skills 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. Most people who know Project Management also know People Management and IT Management. The majority of those who know Network Management / Administration also know IT Security & Infrastructure.

Pay by Experience Level for Information Technology (IT) Director

Pay by Experience for an Information Technology (IT) Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Information Technology (IT) Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 735 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Information Technology (IT) Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 1,479 salaries. An experienced Information Technology (IT) Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $122,000 based on 4,565 salaries. An Information Technology (IT) Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 2,638 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,465

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Information Technology Directors, 32 percent above the national average. Information Technology Directors will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+27 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Chicago (+22 percent).

Information Technology (IT) Director Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Information Technology (IT) Director?

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 1019 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Information Technology (IT) Director Salaries

▲13%

▲5%

National Average
$116,000

▼23%

▼40%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1019 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
46%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 8%