How Much Do Tech Bosses Really Earn?

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VP of IT

Median Salary: $150,000

The VP of IT helps manage the company’s technology stack, overseeing teams and enduring that everything runs smoothly—both externally and internally. Although the rise of the cloud has limited the utility of VPs of IT at some organizations, many firms still need someone to enforce best practices. Maximum salaries can go as high as $350,000.

CIO

Median Salary: $150,000

As a company’s head of information technology, the CIO (along with any VPs of IT, although the role is sometimes interchangeable) must figure out what a firm really needs on the tech front. CIOs are also key managers, communicating needs to senior leadership such as the CEO while maintaining relationships with engineers and other technology professionals who keep systems running.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a security component. CIOs interface with IT security pros to ensure nobody hacks their systems. That’s just another reason why CIOs can earn as much as $600,000 per year; if things go wrong, it’s their reputation on the line.

VP of Operations

Median Salary: $150,000

In a tech context, VPs of Operations oversee the managers who oversee the engineers and other tech pros. If they don’t report to the CEO directly, they might answer to a COO. Max salaries for the position are around $500,000, but most earn below $461,250.