A closer look at CIO salaries, bonuses and perks

Median pay among 26 IT leaders is $2.2 million, according to our analysis of CIO compensation.

Dave Barnes began his tenure at UPS as a part-time package handler in 1977. Today he’s CIO and global business service officer at the $55 billion shipping and logistics company.

He’s not the only CIO with impressive corporate longevity.

Deb Butler started at Norfolk Southern in 1978 in an accounting role, and today she leads the railway’s strategic planning and IT initiatives. Filippo Passerini joined Procter & Gamble in 1981 as a systems analyst in Italy and rose through the ranks to his current position: CIO and president of the company’s global business services organization.

Each of these veteran IT leaders is included in our analysis of CIO compensation. There are also several recently hired tech chiefs, including Sears CIO Jeff Balagna, who joined the retailer in 2013; JCPenney CIO Scott Laverty, who was hired in 2012; and AutoZone CIO Ron Griffin, another 2012 hire.

For long-timers and newcomers alike, finding out how much CIOs really earn is not easy to do.

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