Average Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

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The average salary for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) is $156,871.
MEDIAN $156,871
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$92k - $248k
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$3k - $51k
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$94k - $301k

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Job Description for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tasks
  • Establish, coordinate and evaluate information technology strategies for key products and services.
  • Oversee management of IT personnel and development teams.
  • Communicate at a senior level of the organization.
  • Provide technical expertise and industry knowledge to support sales and marketing efforts.
  • Oversee and evaluates IT operations.
The top respondents for the job title Chief Information Officer (CIO) are from the companies General Electric Co (GE), U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Reported salaries are highest at General Electric Co (GE) where the average pay is $170,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Beltmann Group and Arapahoe County, earning around $162,505 and $149,625, respectively. U.S. Army pays the lowest at around $119,831. Gastroenterology Consultants of San Antonio and U.S. Air Force (USAF) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $121,668 and $122,500, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Skills in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include IT Security & Infrastructure and IT Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

An entry-level Chief Information Officer (CIO) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $98,718 based on 79 salaries. An early career Chief Information Officer (CIO) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $121,904 based on 290 salaries. A mid-career Chief Information Officer (CIO) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $127,321 based on 452 salaries. An experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $154,991 based on 1,767 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $174,968.
Employees with Chief Information Officer (CIO) in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 28.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (23.6% more) and Chicago, Illinois (19.9% more).

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