Program Manager, IT Salary

Wages for IT Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Total cash compensation to IT Program Managers bottoms out near $74K and approaches $160K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $23K from bonuses and almost $14K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of IT Program Managers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$71,367 - $145,118
$71K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $110,226
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$38.83 - $101.03
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MEDIAN: $69.44
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$0$160K
Salary $71,367 - $145,118
Bonus $1,974 - $22,675
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $13,809
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$74,490 - $160,499
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,522
Hourly Data $0$126
Hourly Rate $38.83 - $101.03
Overtime $19.73 - $126.21
Annual Data $0$160K
Bonus $1,974 - $22,675
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $13,809
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$74,490 - $160,499
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 133

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Job Description for Program Manager, IT

An information technology (IT) program manager is an administrative position for a company with an IT department. This position incorporates elements of managerial work and technical skill, with the manager directing a team of IT specialists. A typical day for an IT program manager include meetings with subordinates, general oversight of the IT workspace, and collaboration with other departments.

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Program Manager, IT Tasks

  • Develop and maintain plans, policies, and procedures for all project phases.
  • May drive and participate in design, development and implementation.
  • Work closely with developers and testers to ensure functional designs and also assigns duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority to project personnel.

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, IT


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Very rarely, a few IT Program Managers progress into roles as IT Senior Program Managers. The second group reports a slightly higher median income of $135K per year. IT Program Managers go on to become Information Technology Directors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $103K. IT Program Managers who move into a Director of Information Technology Program Management role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $131K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, IT


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous IT Program Managers include Amazon.com Inc, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Cisco Systems Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Accenture. Although Bank of America Corp. (BOFA) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $152K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $83K on the low end all the way up to $193K at the top. Also paying near the top of the field are TIAA-CREF at $149K, Dell, Inc. at $131K, and Accenture, where IT Program Managers annually earn $129K.

IBM Global Services reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $91K) but some workers make up to $188K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Other low-paying employers include Nordstrom, Inc. at $98K and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $101K, though some IT Program Managers there earn up to $147K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, IT


IT Program Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Strategic Project Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Those familiar with Program Management also tend to know Strategic Project Management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, IT

Pay by Experience for a Program Manager, IT has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Manager, IT with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 319 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Manager, IT with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 496 salaries. An experienced Program Manager, IT which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 954 salaries. A Program Manager, IT with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $132,000 based on 332 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,678

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For IT Program Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. IT Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Raleigh, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Seattle and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, IT Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Program Manager, IT?

Program Manager, IT in Orlando:
"IBM GS - overall a good place to work."
Pros: Knowledge base. I work with some amazing people, and there is a plethora of resources. Opportunities. If you want to move within the company, there are plenty of opportunities.
Cons: Easy to get overwhelmed. The company will take full advantage of you.

Program Manager, IT in Kansas City:
"Retail Tax Office Technology."
Pros: Scope of responsibility, expansive group of offices, quality leadership with solid support, major initiatives, rapidly changing environment,
Cons: Adjusting to rapidly changing priorities.

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Key Stats for Program Manager, IT

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, IT Salaries

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$118,000

▼7%

▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 12%
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