Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salary

Chief Information Officers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $152K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Chief Information Officers range from $91K on the low end to $274K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $68K and $40K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Chief Information Officers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$91,048 - $232,848
$91K
$150K
$230K
MEDIAN: $152,336
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$15.64 - $161.07
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MEDIAN: $39.57
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$0$276K
Salary $91,048 - $232,848
Bonus $3,035 - $68,374
Profit Sharing $1,515 - $40,798
Commission $30,000
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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$92,677 - $276,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,031
Hourly Data $0$161
Hourly Rate $15.64 - $161.07
Overtime $21.31
Annual Data $0$276K
Bonus $3,035 - $68,374
Commission $30,000
Profit Sharing $1,515 - $40,798
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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$92,677 - $276,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 28

Job Description for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

In the 21st century, one of the most important operational aspects to any large enterprise is their ability to construct, maintain, and upgrade their information technology framework. This accounts for a large amount of expense, and it usually requires teams of skilled professionals to work together. In organizations that are large enough, these information systems operations are all managed by a high-level executive officer called the chief information officer (CIO).

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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.

Common Career Paths for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


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Many Chief Information Officers transition into upper-level roles like Chief Operating Officer. However, Chief Operating Officers do report a slightly lower median income of $139K per year.

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Survey results imply that Chief Information Officers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Leadership, Software Development Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Those listing Microsoft Office as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Network Management / Administration and Windows Operating System General Use also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in IT Management are similarly competent in Strategic Planning and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Pay by Experience for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Information Officer (CIO) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 179 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Information Officer (CIO) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $124,000 based on 252 salaries. An experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $157,000 based on 1,029 salaries. A Chief Information Officer (CIO) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $181,000 based on 1,028 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $160,944

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

For Chief Information Officers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Chief Information Officers will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+32 percent), New York (+26 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), and Houston (+25 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

Chief Information Officer (CIO) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Chief Information Officer (CIO)?

Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Austin:
"Great Rewards Await Those Who Master the Balancing Act."
Pros: I really get to make a difference. Setting the goals and strategy of an organization that has a mission to provide public service can be incredibly rewarding. My group provides technology services that make our agency's operational staff more efficient and effective. When they perform better then the public benefits.
Cons: It is absolutely impossible to keep up with demand and to satisfy the desires of my internal customers. Our business units have real needs (and perceived needs) that I just can't get to.

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Key Stats for Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%

Experience Affects Chief Information Officer (CIO) Salaries

▲12%

National Average
$161,000

▼3%

▼23%

▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
54%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 6%