Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for IT managers in the United States was $151,150. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $90,430 per annum and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.
The highest paying industry was the information industry ($166,770). This was followed by computer systems design and related services ($157,580), finance and insurance ($155,760), management of companies and enterprises ($152,480) and finally, manufacturing ($150,930).
Autonomy and Flexibility
IT managers are responsible for many things. They make decisions on staffing, project management, computer systems, and much more. Therefore, IT managers are likely to have high autonomy. IT managers are likely to have set working hours. As a result, they are unlikely that they will have flexibility over the hours they work. They are likely to, however, have flexibility over how they arrange their day and who they delegate tasks to.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be an IT manager, based on average annual salary and the number of jobs available, are:
- California, where the average annual salary is $126,894
- Virginia, where the average annual salary is $121,709
- New York, where the average annual salary is $127,681
- New Jersey, where the average annual salary is $120,571
- New Hampshire, where the average annual salary is $114,121
The worst states to be an IT manager, according to Zippia, are Oklahoma, Idaho, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana.
22% of all IT managers in the United States were employed by the computer system design and related services industry. 11% were employed by the information industry, 11% by finance and insurance, 9% by management of companies and enterprises and a final 7% by manufacturing.
Most IT managers work in office environments. Typically, they will work normal business hours with occasional evenings, weekends, and overtime hours when projects are on a deadline. Although this career requires minimum physical labor, being an IT manager is mentally challenging.