Chief Information Officer - Job Tenure

Chief Information Officer - Job Tenure - How long does the average CIO stay on the job? It is not very long and varies between just between 4 years to 5 years according to various studies.

In a survey of over 270 companies in the United States, South America, and Europe Janco has found that CIOs jobs are not very secure in the current economic conditions.  Janco conducted a review of CIO turnover in a number of companies.  The companies were of all sizes and the results of the survey showed that the median length of employment was approximately 4 years and 7 months - what Janco defines as the half life of the CIO position.  Janco saw that there are a fair number of CIO who have been in their positions for over 6 to 7 years, however many of them are close to retirement age.  As a result Janco feels the median tenure for the CIO position will not be increase in any time soon.

The chart below depicts the length of time the current incumbents has been in the CIO position at their existing companies..

CIO Tenure is 4 years and 7 months

Updated with the latest data