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The Top Skills and Salaries For Top IT Executive Jobs

Whether you’re just thinking about a career in IT, starting out on one, or you’re a seasoned IT pro – it’s always beneficial to know where a career in IT can take you.

There are a number of different positions at the top of the IT totem pole, with each job having its own unique requirements, qualifications and compensation. Also, with the emergence of analytics, machine learning and other technologies, companies are finding the need to create more executive positions to handle all of an organization’s technology functions.

Below is a brief list of the various IT executive roles currently found within today’s business world.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

A CIO is responsible for all of an organization’s business technology. They are responsible for maintaining, growing, managing and updating a company’s IT systems and methods. To handle these responsibilities, a CIO needs skills to be capable of strategic thinking, leading others, managing the development of software and handling a budget.

The national average salary for a CIO is about $160,000, ranging from nearly $93,000 to almost $280,000. Chicago, Atlanta and New York are the top three cities for CIO pay.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

A CTO is focused specifically on the technology an organization uses, working to maintain, enhance and improve technology where possible. Success as a CTO requires a deep understanding of software architecture, Java, cybersecurity and product development. A CTO should also have substantial leadership ability.

The national average salary for a CTO is nearly $170,000 and the national salary range is between $86,000 and $240,000. Washington, DC; Boston; and San Francisco are the best-paying cities for CTOs.

Chief Data Officer (CDO)

With almost every company gathering large amounts of data on its operations, the position of Chief Data Officer is more relevant than ever. This executive is responsible for data collection, management, storage and analysis. To succeed in this job, a CDO must have a strong background in engineering and math.

The national average pay for a CDO is $205,000, with a pay range that falls between $144,000 and $305,000.

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

As the title suggests, the Chief Security Officer is primarily concerned with the cybersecurity of an organization. A CSO is responsible for addressing current or potential threats to a company’s digital assets. These threats might come from outside an organization, or from within. A CSO must be familiar with cybersecurity principles, IT infrastructure, security risk management and security best practices.

The national average pay for a CSO is $144,000, with a range between $66,000 and $260,000.

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

The focus of a CISO is the design, implementation and management of cybersecurity initiatives within an organization to achieve specific objectives. This position compliments the role of a CSO in an effort to combat potential cyberattacks and data breaches.

The national average salary for a CISO is nearly $180,000, with a range between $100,000 and $280,000. The best cities for CISO pay are San Francisco, Seattle and New York.

At Thompson Technologies, we engage with professionals at every career stage, from entry level or seasoned executives. Please contact us today if you are curious about career opportunities for IT professionals.

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