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CIO job description: Chief information officer responsibilities


Salary information

CIO salaries vary according to several factors, including the following:

  • level of education
  • experience
  • range of skills
  • location
  • industry
  • type and size of the organization

According to Salary.com, the average base salary for CIOs is $125,524. However, salaries can vary from $83,064 to $150,982. Salary.com said the average total cash compensation — base salary plus bonus and profit sharing — for CIOs at $237,956. That rate can range from $158,906 to $285,879.

Indeed.com pegged the average base salary for a CIO at $122,002 a year and profit-sharing at $21,200. This would be in addition to other benefits, including 401-K matching, paid time off and medical insurance.

According to Dice.com, which hosts a database of technology jobs, the average yearly salary for IT management roles — including the CIO and CTO — in 2020 was $143,416 in the United States. Dice does not publish a separate figure for CIO pay.


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