What does a CTO do?

Chief technology officers are company executives who are responsible for overseeing the organization’s technical systems, resources, and personnel. They often also supervise related areas such as research and development. They manage recruiting, hiring, and training programs. They spearhead initiatives to incorporate innovate tools and resources into the organization’s operational functions to achieve increased productivity or establish more efficient processes. They actively participate in the process of selecting vendors and products, and implementing technical systems and infrastructure.

Chief technology officers typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer science or technical field, although an advanced degree is an advantage. They should have in-depth expertise in planning and leading technical programs, and supervising technical teams. These roles require strong project management capabilities and excellent leadership skills.

What responsibilities are common for CTO jobs?
  • Work with senior level stakeholders to identify, build and maintain partnerships across industry.
  • Build and sustain executive customer relationships.
  • Seamlessly switch from executive-level conversations to diving deep into technology to drive high level, strategic discussions around roadmaps and security solutions.
  • Work with senior stakeholders to build, maintain and mature capabilities with selected industry partners.
  • Interact with and lead relationships with strategic external partners and alliances.
What are the typical qualifications for CTO jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer science, engineering, information technology or information security.
  • Able to multitask and manage multiple important tasks simultaneously.
  • Fluent in a variety of programming languages, software, and systems.
  • Able to confidently lead and guide a technology team and drive tech strategy.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.3 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
4.4 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

How much does a CTO make?

Confident
$186,733 /yr
Total Pay
$158,159
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$28,575
 /yr

Additional Pay

$186,733

 / yr
$89K$506K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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L2
Chief Technology Officer
$193,719/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
1%
2 - 4
8%
5 - 7
50%
8+
41%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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VertifyVertify
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Aug 21, 2021

“They are great to work with and I love the direction they are taking with the product.”

USI Insurance ServicesUSI Insurance Services
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Nov 1, 2021

“Good people are always rewarded and the average tenure is well above industry average which speaks for itself.”

ClientbookClientbook
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Jan 14, 2021

“A great startup where you get to work on fun projects and what you do matters.”

Clearbrief
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Sep 30, 2021

“world problems and I really like that we have an engaged customer base and a great team of advisors.”

Sarvvid-AISarvvid-AI
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Sep 24, 2021

“Not only Technically or economically but here our team especially our CEO helps you to explore many fields.”

PRS International Group of Companies
Chief Technology Officer
Feb 10, 2022

“workers and I have an amazing manager who supports and is invested in developing my skillset.”

SquareOffsSquareOffs
Chief Technology Officer
Jan 5, 2022

“I love working at SquareOffs because I get to build an awesome product that people enjoy!”

Speedster ITSpeedster IT
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Apr 8, 2021

“good place to work and create a career path”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a CTO

When working as a CTO, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are TOGAF, APPLICATION Architecture, API, Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud.

The most similar professions to CTO are:
  • President
  • Ceo
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Senior Leadership

The most common qualifications to become a CTO include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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