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Average Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Salary

$161,138
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$25,418
Bonus
$35,000
Commission
$19,972
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The average salary for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is $161,138.
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$88k
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$161k
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$243k
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$88k - $243k
Bonus
$4k - $80k
Profit Sharing
$3k - $62k
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$10k - $60k
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$88k - $290k
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What Do Chief Technology Officer (CTO)s Do?

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Tasks
  • Lead technology teams in day-to-day operations, provide key expertise, supervise the heads of departments, and set performance goals.
  • Conduct technical reviews of products or solutions to compare and evaluate their applicability.
  • Contribute to senior management team, guiding strategic decisions and resource allocation.
  • Monitor management of all hardware, software, databases and licenses, maintenance, and projections of future needs.
  • Define technology strategies and ensure that processes meet expectations for federal, state and community privacy and security.

Job Satisfaction for Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

4.2 out of 5
(365)
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Popular Employer Salaries for Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

The top respondents for the job title Chief Technology Officer (CTO) are from the companies International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Company Confidential and Not Named. Reported salaries are highest at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where the average pay is $201,035. Not Named pays the lowest at around $127,500.

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What Are Popular Skills for Chief Technology Officer (CTO)s?

Skills in Leadership, Software Architecture and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and IT Management.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Chief Technology Officer (CTO)s?

An entry-level Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $98,710 based on 16 salaries. An early career Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $108,678 based on 213 salaries. A mid-career Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $131,847 based on 292 salaries. An experienced Chief Technology Officer (CTO) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $159,929 based on 1,118 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $183,055.
Employees with Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 20.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (19.7% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (15.6% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 3,176 survey responses.
Entry Level
0.5%
Early Career
6.7%
Mid Career
9.2%
Experienced
35.2%
Late Career
48.4%