Director of Information Systems Salary

Directors of Information Systems in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $107K per year on average. Total incomes of Directors of Information Systems incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $25K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $64K and $170K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Directors of Information Systems greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$64,323 - $154,842
$64K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $105,376
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50%
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$28.81 - $63.87
$30
MEDIAN: $30.09
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$0$172K
Salary $64,323 - $154,842
Bonus $2,500 - $31,208
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,000
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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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$63,252 - $172,609
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 269
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $30.09
Overtime $36.00
Annual Data $0$172K
Bonus $2,500 - $31,208
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,000
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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$63,252 - $172,609
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

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Job Description for Director of Information Systems

A director of information systems is generally responsible for the management of the information systems of the business. This director will usually manage any projects that would be part of the information systems. These projects could include implementation of new software, new equipment installation, or any changes or upgrades in current equipment. The maintenance for equipment would also be monitored and scheduled as part of the position. This person would generally be responsible for the telecommunications of the business. This would include maintaining any data that is stored in these systems. This director would be responsible for finding and maintaining vendors for new installation and communicating to management regarding the schedules that the new installations will follow. A director of information systems would also be responsible for maintaining records of any data files that are stored on the systems. Other responsibilities include checking systems and maintaining data security on a daily basis. This director would review any purchasing, billing, budgeting, and scheduling and work with accounts payable to ensure accuracy. This will include reviewing any contracts that can be updated or re-negotiated for possibly lower fees. Job requirements include being on-call 24/7 for emergencies, but the job would mainly involve standard daytime office hours.

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Director of Information Systems Tasks

  • Hire, review, and fire managers.
  • Work with the IT steering committee to establish the strategic direction of the Company's information systems as well as executing the strategy.
  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and technology solutions for business needs.
  • Identify and propose new information technologies and systems to improve business processes and decision making.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of a multi-team or cross-functional organization.

Common Career Paths for Director of Information Systems


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Advancing into a Chief Information Officer role seems to be a popular career move for Directors of Information Systems, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $146K per year. More often than not, a Director of Information Technology Services role is the next step for Directors of Information Systems moving up in the field. Pay for Directors of IT Services is usually $106K. Many Directors of Information Systems choose to take on a VP of Information Technology role instead, where salaries are typically $144K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Information Systems


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Team Leadership command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Those listing Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Network Management / Administration tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Information Systems

Pay by Experience for a Director of Information Systems has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Information Systems with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 18 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Information Systems with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Director of Information Systems which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 158 salaries. A Director of Information Systems with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 91 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,178

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

Directors of Information Systems will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 88 percent. Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Houston and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Director of Information Systems

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Director of Information Systems Salaries

▲13%

National Average
$109,000

▼1%

▼16%

▼43%

Skills That Affect Director of Information Systems Salaries

Team Leadership
▲28%

Strategic Planning
▲3%

National Average
$109,000

People Management
▼1%

Oracle
▼3%


Leadership
▼4%

SQL
▼8%






Microsoft Word
▼26%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 8%
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