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Working As A Chief Information Officer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $156,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Information Officer Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Chief Information Officer

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Chief Information Officer Career Paths

Chief Information Officer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
Executive Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Executive Officer
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
Operations Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
Chief Finance And Operating Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Chief Finance Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
President/Chief Executive Officer
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Program Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
President & Chief Operating Officer
Business Development Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President-Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Vice President & General Manager
Vice President And Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Director
Vice President
6 Yearsyrs
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
Advisory Board Member
5 Yearsyrs
Practice Director
Senior Director
13 Yearsyrs
Chief Of Staff
7 Yearsyrs
Chief Of Staff
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Corporate Vice President
Sales And Marketing Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Corporate Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Chief Architect
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Professional Services
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Director Of Professional Services
Director, Service Delivery
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Global Operations
Finance Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
Marketing Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Chief Nursing Officer
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Intelligence
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Regional Vice President
Sales Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Of Managed Services
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Director Of Managed Services
9 Yearsyrs
Marketing Director
Director Of Sales And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Advisory Board Member
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Site Director
Area Director
8 Yearsyrs
Client Services Vice President
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Client Services Vice President
11 Yearsyrs
Engagement Director
10 Yearsyrs
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Sales Vice President
Senior Vice President, Sales
14 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Vice President
17 Yearsyrs
Executive Vice President Of Operations
Chief Executive Officer And Operator
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Senior Programs
Senior Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Chairperson, Board Of Directors
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Vice President Of Programming
Development Vice President
10 Yearsyrs
Security Director
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Chief Information Officer
Director 7.0%
Consultant 5.6%
Manager 4.9%
Top Careers After Chief Information Officer
Consultant 8.4%
Director 4.4%
President 4.4%
Principal 4.1%
Owner 2.7%

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Chief Information Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

73.8%

Female

17.9%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.9%

French

11.0%

German

8.9%

Mandarin

6.3%

Chinese

5.9%

Russian

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Japanese

3.4%

Carrier

3.0%

Cantonese

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

Hindi

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Hebrew

1.3%

Gujarati

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Persian

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Swedish

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%
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Chief Information Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

George Washington University

7.6%

University of Maryland - University College

6.5%

Webster University

5.4%

Ohio State University

4.5%

American University

4.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.2%

Capella University

4.2%

Villanova University

4.0%

Harvard University

3.9%

Strayer University

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Northwestern University

3.7%

George Mason University

3.6%

Michigan State University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

Pace University - New York

3.3%

Columbia University

3.2%

Texas A&M University

3.2%

University of Pennsylvania

3.2%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Computer Science

14.4%

Computer Information Systems

7.1%

Information Technology

5.9%

Finance

5.8%

Management

5.4%

Management Information Systems

4.3%

Information Systems

3.7%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Project Management

2.9%

Accounting

2.8%

Political Science

2.1%

Computer Engineering

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Communication

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Law

1.7%

Economics

1.6%

Computer Systems Security

1.5%

Psychology

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

38.5%

Bachelors

36.8%

Other

13.5%

Doctorate

3.8%

Associate

3.5%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.0%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$87,000
Min 10%
$156,000
Median 50%
$156,000
Median 50%
$156,000
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$156,000
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$156,000
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$156,000
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Max 90%
Best Paying Company
MetLife
Highest Paying City
Eden Prairie, MN
Highest Paying State
Michigan
Avg Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a Chief Information Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chief Information Officer in the United States is $156,450 per year or $75 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $87,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $278,000.

Real Chief Information Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief Information Officer, Vice President Cornell University Ithaca, NY Jan 11, 2011 $410,000
Chief Information Officer Treasury Wine Estates Americas Company Napa, CA Apr 01, 2015 $404,787
Chief Information Officer, Business Unit IT Services The Coca-Cola Company Atlanta, GA Nov 16, 2015 $400,000
Global Chief Information Officer Mayer Brown LLP Chicago, IL Nov 15, 2012 $375,000
CIO & Treasurer Drake USA Inc. New York, NY May 15, 2015 $300,000
Chief Information Officer Moduslink Coporation Waltham, MA Jul 06, 2015 $300,000
Chief Information Officer Lineage Logistics ICM, LLC Colton, CA Oct 01, 2015 $275,000 -
$325,000
Chief Information Officer Assured Guaranty Corp. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $275,000
Chief Information Officer The Jackson Laboratory Bar Harbor, ME Aug 26, 2013 $250,000
Chief Information Officer Infinium Securities Inc. Larkspur, CA Oct 01, 2011 $250,000
Chief Information Officer Galiam Capital LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 16, 2012 $250,000
Chief Information Officer Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 21, 2011 $192,219
Chief Information Officer Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 08, 2013 $192,219
Chief Information Officer Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 22, 2013 $192,219
Chief Information Officer, Heinz North America H.J. Heinz Company Pittsburgh, PA Aug 31, 2014 $190,000
Vice President and Chief Information Officer Alon USA GP LLC (Alon USA Dallas, TX Aug 04, 2015 $187,200
Chief Information Officer Sprig Electric Co San Jose, CA Jul 09, 2016 $185,000
Chief Information Officer Sybrid Health, LLC Carrollton, TX Aug 28, 2015 $180,000
Chief Information Officer Telcosoftware.com Corp. Celebration, FL Sep 27, 2012 $180,000
Chief Information Officer NHIC Holdings, LLC Houston, TX Jul 25, 2016 $157,000
Chief Information Officer Brightstarr Us LLC Rochelle Park, NJ Jan 11, 2012 $150,000
Vice President-Chief Information Officer ALON USA GP, LLC Dallas, TX Sep 01, 2012 $149,400
Chief Information Officer Bay Area Credit Service, LLC Antioch, CA Oct 11, 2015 $145,000
Chief Information Officer Wyse Technology, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 02, 2012 $145,000 -
$155,000
Chief Information Officer Coastal Management, LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2013 $140,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Information Officer

  1. Information Technology
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Project Management
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  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the information technology department and assess and anticipate technology projects and recommend appropriate action and resources.
  • Simplified main data center network infrastructure by removing redundant telecommunication services and carriers.
  • Introduced and championed project management methodology to ensure project estimation and delivery was supported, tracked and met all expectations.
  • Set sales strategies, provided product training & coaching as Acting Sales Director for commissioned sales staff.
  • Coordinated daily activities of the CIO office including extensive world-wide travel centered around Digital and Corporate Initiatives.

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