Program Manager, IT Salary

IT Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of IT Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $23K from bonuses and close to $16K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $75K and $161K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Men make up the majority of IT Program Managers (63 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for IT Program Managers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$72,444 - $145,218
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MEDIAN: $110,619
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$40.55 - $101.70
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MEDIAN: $68.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$72,444 - $145,218  
   
Bonus
$1,954 - $22,674  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,562  
Total Pay (?
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$75,432 - $160,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,518
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$40.55 - $101.70  
   
Overtime
$20.11 - $124.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,954 - $22,674  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,562  
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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$75,432 - $160,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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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Although it's very rare, sometimes IT Program Managers do advance into roles as IT Senior Program Managers, for whom incomes average out to a slightly higher $135K per year. An Information Technology Director role is the most common promotion for IT Program Managers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $103K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for IT Program Managers is a Director of Information Technology Program Management position, where earnings are usually $131K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, IT


Known for taking on a considerable number of IT Program Managers, Amazon.com Inc, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Cisco Systems Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Accenture are leading firms in the industry. For IT Program Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Bank of America Corp. (BOFA); in fact, average earnings are around $152K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($83K versus $193K) is great. TIAA-CREF, Dell, Inc., and Accenture are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with IT Program Managers earning around $149K, $131K, or $129K at each firm, respectively.

IBM Global Services seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $91K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $54K and $188K. 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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 proficient in Program Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Strategic Project Management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For IT Program Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $91K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $109K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $123K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $132K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,830

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

For IT Program Managers, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. IT Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+12 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Raleigh is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (12 percent lower) and Houston (6 percent lower).

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 180 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
49%
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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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