Research: 2012 IT Salary Survey: Executives

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CIO Title Pays Off

Salaries for most IT executives are lower than they were in the previous two years, according to our 2012 InformationWeek U.S. IT Salary Survey of 1,097 executives. The median total compensation for CTOs fell to $129,000 from $140,000 in 2011. VPs of IT saw a drop of $9,000 from last year to this year. Only CIOs remained relatively unscathed. Their median total compensation dipped by just $1,000.

CTOs and VPs of IT are also being paid less than they were in 2010, in terms of base salary and total compensation, which includes bonuses and other cash payments. CIOs again fared better here than their IT exec counterparts, though not by much: CIOs are making about $4,000 more in total compensation than they were two years ago.

Female IT executives fared worst of all, according to the survey. They've seen consecutive salaries drops since 2010, from $150,000 that year to $140,000 in 2012. They are also being paid less than their male counterparts: Median total compensation for male IT executives is $15,000 higher than for female IT executives in 2012. (R4150412-CIO)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey: IT Executives
Survey Date   January 2012
Region   United States
Number of Respondents    1,097 IT executives composed of 368 CIOs, 242 CTOs, and 487 VPs of IT in 2012
Purpose   To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines,
InformationWeek conducts an annual U.S. IT Salary Survey. Now in its 15th year, it's the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. Last year 18,201 full-time IT professionals completed the Web-based survey. This year 13,880 took part. The goal of this study is to measure various aspects of compensation, benefits and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 1,097 IT executives who participated in the survey.

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