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Program Manager, IT Salary

IT Program Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $109K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of IT Program Managers, overall income ranges from $76K near the bottom to $158K at the top; this can include more than $23K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. Generally, women make up less than a third of all IT Program Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most IT Program Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$75,003 - $143,461
(Median)
$75K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $109,286
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$29.09 - $102.81
(Median)
$29
$64
$100
MEDIAN: $63.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,003 - $143,461  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,729  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $19,620  
Commission
$-0.49 - $20,168  
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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$76,268 - $158,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,590
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.09 - $102.81  
   
Overtime
$33.99 - $120.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,729  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $20,168  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $19,620  
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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$76,268 - $158,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 196

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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 $132K per year. An Information Technology Director role is the most prevalent career advancement for IT Program Managers. Paychecks for that role are $101K on average. The Director of Information Technology Program Management position is another common transition for IT Program Managers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $129K mark.

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of IT Program Managers include Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Hewlett-Packard Company, and Amazon.com Inc. TIAA-CREF offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $145K. IT Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Google, Inc. ($143K), Accenture ($135K), and American Express Co. (AMEX) ($123K).

The pay scale is far from balanced at TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED. While salaries on one end can reach $181K, the company's median pay sits at $91K, the lowest in the field. Other low-paying employers include IBM Global Services at $91K and Wipro Technologies Ltd. at $97K, though some IT Program Managers there earn up to $179K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, IT


IT Program Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Budget Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Program Management are similarly competent 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. The relatively untested earn a median of $88K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $108K. IT Program Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $120K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $131K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Eastern cities like Washington, New York, and Boston are lucrative areas for IT Program Managers, where pay is higher than the national average. Trailing the national average by 10 percent, Redmond is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Phoenix and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, 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
$116,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, IT Salaries





Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Program Management
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Leadership
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People Management
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Project Management
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
0%

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Project
0%

National Average
$116,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 531 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 9%
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