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Salary, Wages, Pay: Computer and Information Systems Managers




Earnings for computer and information systems managers vary by specialty and level of responsibility. Median annual earnings of these managers in 2002 were $85,240. The middle 50 percent earned between $64,150 and $109,950. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $140,440. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of computer and information systems managers in 2002 were:

Computer systems design and related services $94,240
Management of companies and enterprises 91,710
Insurance carriers 89,920
Depository credit intermediation 75,160
Colleges, universities, and professional schools 68,100

According to Robert Half International, average starting salaries in 2003 for high-level information technology managers ranged from $82,750 to $151,500. According to a 2003 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, starting salary offers for those with an MBA, a technical undergraduate degree, and 1 year or less of experience averaged $54,643; for those with a master’s degree in management information systems/business data processing, the starting salary averaged $43,750.

In addition, computer and information systems managers, especially those at higher levels, often receive more employment-related benefits — such as expense accounts, stock option plans, and bonuses — than do non-managerial workers in their organizations.