For business-technology leaders who meet those requirements, Egon Zehnder says, "Top CIOs hired by Fortune 50 companies can expect to earn salaries starting at $400,000 and totaling over $1,000,000, including bonuses and other perks... More typical is a base salary of around $300,000 plus bonuses amounting to 40% to 60% of pay, depending on the extent to which compensation is tied to business performance."
Now, those last few words strike me as odd -- if you're a CIO and expect to be perceived as an equal peer by the other C-level executives in your organization, then what other type of compensation could you expect to have other than one that "is tied to business performance"? In fact, if your current comp package isn't structured that way, then making it so should be a top priority.
All in all, the Egon Zehnder article is on target even though a tad predictable, but I really liked the hard-slap-across-the-face line about a skill most CIOs lack: "few IT executives have the business qualifications or capitalist's killer instinct for making money." Is that a skill you've got?