How much does a Chief Technology Officer make in the United States? The average Chief Technology Officer salary in the United States is $301,267 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $263,493 and $345,921. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Chief Technology Officer Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Chief Technology Officer Salary $229,102 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Chief Technology Officer Salary $263,493 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Chief Technology Officer Salary $301,267 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Chief Technology Officer Salary $345,921 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Chief Technology Officer Salary $386,576 US January 26, 2024
25% $263,493 10% $229,102 90% $386,576 75% $345,921 $301,267 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Leadership: Knowledge of and ability to employ effective strategies that motivate and guide other members within our business to achieve optimum results.


Information security: A practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording, or destruction of confidential, private, and sensitive information.


Cybersecurity: Computer security, cybersecurity or information technology security (IT security) is the protection of computer systems from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. The field is becoming more important due to increased reliance on computer systems, the Internet and wireless network standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of "smart" devices, including smartphones, televisions, and the various devices that constitute the "Internet of things". Due to its complexity, both in terms of politics and technology, cybersecurity is also one of the major challenges in the contemporary world.

Leadership 1.06%
Information security 0.13%
Cybersecurity 0.1%
Others 98.71%

Job Description for Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer is responsible for the long-range direction of an organization's technology function. Directs the strategic design, acquisition, management, and implementation of an enterprise-wide technology infrastructure. Being a Chief Technology Officer monitors and analyzes technology and trends that could improve the company's products and performance. Establishes technology standards and communicates technical information to the organization. Additionally, Chief Technology Officer typically requires an advanced degree in Computer Science or Engineering. Typically reports to Chief Information Officer or Chief Executive Officer. The Chief Technology Officer manages a business unit, division, or corporate function with major organizational impact. Establishes overall direction and strategic initiatives for the given major function or line of business. Has acquired the business acumen and leadership experience to become a top function or division head. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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For Chief Technology Officer, the first career path typically progresses to Chief Information Technology Officer.

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Chief Technology Officer salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Chief Technology Officer, the highest Chief Technology Officer salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Chief Technology Officer salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Chief Technology Officer salary is in Miami, FL, where the Chief Technology Officer salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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