Most budget forecasts for 2018 predicted that information technology and data professionals would earn more than their counterparts in other areas of the business, and that seems to be the trend so far.

According to recent salary data from the web site salary.com, chief information officers now command on average more than a quarter million dollars in pay. That average salary is effective as of March 29, 2018.

Equally impressive, the top 25 highest-paying jobs in IT, software development and data management all now earn over $150,000 annually. All of those jobs are also in the management ranks, with most holding the title of director.

Software or data professionals that are driven by a top paycheck should consider one of the following job roles, according to salary.com

  1. Chief information officer = $264,486
  2. Chief technology officer = $233,210
  3. Chief information security officer = $215,739
  4. Head of software quality assurance = $213,417
  5. Information technology director = $184,107
  6. Web systems director = $182,046
  7. Software engineering director = $183,090
  8. Hardware engineering director = $176,756
  9. Systems engineering director = $171,855
  10. Information security director = $168,107
  11. Enterprise operations director = $165,726
  12. Applications development director = $163,902
  13. Business intelligence director = $163,347
  14. Systems engineering UNIX/NT director = $162,429
  15. CRM program director = $161,961
  16. Enterprise architecture director = $161,771
  17. Client services director = $159,570
  18. IT vendor relations director = $159,401
  19. Interface design director – Web = $158,463
  20. Data warehousing director $156,666
  21. Business applications delivery director = $155,993
  22. Process engineering director = $155,467
  23. Enterprise infrastructure director = $155,003
  24. Executive producer – Web = $153,082
  25. IT quality assurance director = $152,855

Salary.com notes that typical compensation rates are obviously influenced by region and by industry. The salary rates above typically reflect an individual with three years of experience.

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