Computer and information systems managers
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Overview
Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for computer and information systems managers are expected to grow by 12%, and should have about 32,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Computer and information systems managers are less likely to be automated than 81% of other careers.
Workforce size
Computer and information systems managers, with 367,600 workers, form a larger workforce than 88% of careers.
Education
About 73% of computer and information systems managers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by computer and information systems managers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More computer and information systems managers have bachelor's degrees than 82% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for computer and information systems managers is higher than 98% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most computer and information systems managers.
This job's median $143KAll jobs' median $39K$137K$38K20142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Note: The salaries for computer and information systems managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 28% of computer and information systems managers -- that's a smaller percentage than 56% of other jobs.
Gender of computer and information systems managers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For computer and information systems managers, the median men's salary was 13% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 23% of computer and information systems managers are minority, and 20% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of computer and information systems managers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (20%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Computer and Information Systems Managers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 61% of computer and information systems managers, and 81% have company-sponsored health insurance (14% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for computer and information systems managers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 74% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of computer and information systems managers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (52%)
  • Consequence of Error (47%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (47%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (46%)
  • Degree of Automation (33%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (32%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do computer and information systems managers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for computer and information systems managers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for computer and information systems managers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for computer and information systems managers (BLS Salary Data)
$143K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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Note: The salaries for computer and information systems managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all computer and information systems managers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for computer and information systems managers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for computer and information systems managers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where computer and information systems managers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Computer and information systems managers (ACS)
Private for-profit (77.1%)
Private not-for-profit (8.7%)
Local government (3.6%)
State government (4.5%)
Federal government (3.8%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of computer and information systems managers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$99K$103K$88K$83K$83K$61K$93K$104K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Note: The salaries for computer and information systems managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Distribution: Salaries of computer and information systems managers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$143K$153K$110K$146K$103K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000$200,000$250,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Note: The salaries for computer and information systems managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for computer and information systems managers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Computer and information systems managers and gender

With 28% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 56% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Computer and information systems managers
Men (72%)
Women (28%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for computer and information systems managers, with the median salary for men 13% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Computer and information systems managers have one of the middle percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job higher than that for 35% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of computer and information systems managers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority computer and information systems managers than for 64% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of computer and information systems managers
White (76% )
Asian (14% )
Black (6% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (0% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for computer and information systems managers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$65K$75K$77K$85K$87K$95K$99K$107K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KAmerican IndianOtherHispanicPacific IslanderBlackMultiracialWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for computer and information systems managers by nativity
$97K$105K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by computer and information systems managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer and information systems managers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as computer and information systems managers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for computer and information systems managers.

Education attained by computer and information systems managers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for computer and information systems managers

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. These degrees include courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for computer and information systems managers? Below we see the distribution of computer and information systems managers salaries based on the education attained. You may have noticed in the dashboard and elsewhere that BLS top-codes salaries. ACS also engages in a form of top-coding, but by looking at the broader field of computer and information systems managers and using the ACS, we are able to see some of the higher salaries and can give a better idea of the range of salaries for this field. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as computer and information systems managers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$83K$78K$84K$84K$102K$111K$104K$120K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KNone (0%)High School (4%)Some College (14%)Associate's Degree (8%)Bachelor's Degree (46%)Master's Degree (25%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by computer and information systems managers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as computer and information systems managers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Computer and information systems managers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
13.4%
$0$200K$87K
4.9%
$0$200K$97K
4.7%
$0$200K$63K
2.9%
$0$200K$92K
2.9%
$0$200K$73K
2.5%
$0$200K$89K
2.3%
$0$200K$73K
2.2%
$0$200K$53K
2.2%
$0$200K$67K
2.0%
$0$200K$56K
1.9%
$0$200K$72K
1.8%
$0$200K$78K
1.7%
$0$200K$80K
1.6%
$0$200K$60K
1.5%
$0$200K$63K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as computer and information systems managers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by computer and information systems managers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Applications and systems software developersComputer programmersManagers (specialized areas)Computer and information systems managersComputer occupations (specialized areas)Computer systems analystsComputer support specialistsManagement analystsNetwork and computer systems administratorsChief executives and legislatorsAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsHuman resources workersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersElectrical and electronics engineersEngineers (specialized areas)Architectural and engineering managersPostsecondary teachersCivil engineersRetail salespersonsElementary and middle school teachersComputer hardware engineersSecondary school teachersActuariesMechanical engineersIndustrial engineersAerospace engineersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPersonal financial advisorsComputer ScienceBusiness Management andAdministrationGeneral Computer andInformation SystemsElectrical EngineeringGeneral BusinessManagement InformationSystems and StatisticsComputer EngineeringMathematicsMechanical EngineeringEconomicsAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for computer and information systems managers

What jobs will most computer and information systems managers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of computer and information systems managers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Computer and information systems managersManagers (specialized areas)Computer occupations (specialized areas)Applications and systems software developersChief executives and legislatorsComputer systems analystsManagement analystsComputer programmersNetwork and computer systems administratorsComputer support specialistsFinancial managersFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for computer and information systems managers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 11 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as computer and information systems managers as well as 1% of respondents after working as computer and information systems managers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for computer and information systems managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
Financial managers
56,900
$0$200K$68K
Computer systems analysts
45,200
$0$200K$75K
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
Network and computer systems administrators
27,000
$0$200K$71K
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
22,500
$0$200K$68K
Computer programmers
15,700
$0$200K$82K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for computer and information systems managers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as computer and information systems managers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of computer and information systems managers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for computer and information systems managers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.2%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.1%
Applications and systems software developers
118,900
$0$200K$96K
5.1%
Management analysts
87,200
$0$200K$76K
1.4%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
12.3%
Computer support specialists
72,300
$0$200K$54K
2.8%
Financial managers
56,900
$0$200K$68K
1.1%
Computer systems analysts
45,200
$0$200K$75K
2.9%
First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
39,600
$0$200K$59K
1.2%
Computer and information systems managers
32,500
$0$200K$99K
34.4%
Network and computer systems administrators
27,000
$0$200K$71K
1.9%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
1.4%
Computer occupations (specialized areas)
22,500
$0$200K$68K
5.2%
Computer programmers
15,700
$0$200K$82K
1.4%
Database administrators
9,300
$0$200K$78K
1.6%
No occupation
2.9%
Read about computer and information systems managers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for the organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the CIO’s policies and directives. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of computer and information systems managers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical
skills
IT managers must analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.
Business skills
IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.
Communication skills
IT managers must explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.
Decisionmaking skills
Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.
Leadership skills
IT managers must lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.
Organizational skills
Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for computer and information systems managers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for computer and information systems managers was higher than 98% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $143KAll jobs' median $39K$122K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250K

Note: The salaries for computer and information systems managers have been top-coded by the BLS; in 2018, all annual salaries larger than $208,000 are recorded as $208,000.

Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for computer and information systems managers are anticipated to grow by 12% over the next decade; only 19% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for computer and information systems managers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most computer and information systems managers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as computer and information systems managers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Computer and Information Systems Managers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where computer and information systems managers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for computer and information systems managers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for computer and information systems managers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Computer and Information Systems Managers to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which computer and information systems managers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Computer and information systems managers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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