State CIO pay varies widely

It's not so much what you do, it's where you work. New statistics on pay levels of state CIOs, published by Virginia's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, show that they earn from $92,220 to $225,000, with most states paying $90,000 to $120,000.

The commission cited Tennessee's CIO as the highest-paid at a salary of $225,000. Virginia is recruiting a CIO, and officials at its IT Investment Board have set a salary range of $175,000 to $200,000.

The legislative audit agency gathered its pay statistics from publicly available sources including state legislation and news reports.

Maryland ranked as the skinflint on the 15-state list. The Free State pays its CIO $92,220.

The remaining salaries by state were: Montana, $105,000; Michigan, $107,480; Massachusetts, $107,591; Texas, $120,000; California, $123,255; Connecticut, $123,961; Pennsylvania, $125,399; North Carolina, $130,000; Washington, $133,000; Delaware, $133,660; Kentucky, $165,000; and Georgia, $165,000.

The audit agency published the statistics as part of a report on the state's implementation of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

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