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 for IT Program Managers runs from $77K to $160K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $22K and profit sharing that can reach almost $18K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but experience level and geographic location are influential factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all IT Program Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Program Managers. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority.

$75,089 - $144,593
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$75K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $110,209
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$31.61 - $102.70
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$32
$65
$100
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,089 - $144,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,728  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $17,589  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$76,791 - $159,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,729
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$31.61 - $102.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$35.58 - $111.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,728  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $17,589  
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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$76,791 - $159,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, IT


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A few IT Program Managers reported advancing into roles as IT Senior Program Managers. The latter group earns a slightly higher median income of $133K per year. IT Program Managers go on to become Information Technology Directors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $102K. 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 $130K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, IT


Known for taking on a considerable number of IT Program Managers, Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) are leading firms in the industry. Google, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $145K, though there is little variation overall ($101K to $172K). Other big spenders include Dell, Inc., Accenture, and Cisco Systems Inc, top-paying firms where IT Program Managers see paychecks nearing $131K, $129K, or $117K.

Offering a median salary of only $91K, IBM Global Services gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $54K to $188K isn't that wide, either. TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED, Nordstrom, Inc., and Wipro Technologies Ltd. also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $95K, $98K, and $98K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, IT


Survey takers working as IT Program Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Budget Management, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Program Management also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $89K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $108K on average — a distinctly larger sum. IT Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $122K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $131K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,370

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

IT Program Managers in New York, Boston, and Washington — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for IT Program Managers in this country. In Redmond, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Phoenix and Seattle also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Program Manager, IT Reviews

What is it like working as a Program Manager, IT at IBM Global Services?

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.

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

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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Experience Affects Program Manager, IT Salaries



National Average
$117,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, IT Salaries


Budget Management
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Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Program Management
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Leadership
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People Management
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Strategic Planning
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Agile
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National Average
$117,000

Project Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 445 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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