CIO Salaries on a 6-Year Rise

By Brian P. Watson  |  Posted 04-15-2008

CIO Salaries on a 6-Year Rise

CIOs can't get any respect? Well, maybe not in the front office, but their paychecks tell a different story.

Annual compensation for IT leaders has risen 27 percent in the past six years, according to CIO Insight's annual surveys. Total compensation--base salary plus bonuses--also rose steadily in those years, except between 2003 and 2004, where lower additional compensation dragged the totals down by less than $1,000. 

The biggest boost in base salary came between 2005 and 2006, when pay jumped 10 percent from $140,200 to $154,602.

CIO Salaries on a 6-Year Rise

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CIO Pay: Six Years of Raises








Annual base compensation (means)







Bonus or additional compensation (means)







Total compensation (means)*








*Based on average annual base compensation and previous years' bonus or additional compensation

Base: N≥266 CIOs


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