Program Manager, IT Salary

On average, IT Program Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($109K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. In the world of IT Program Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $22K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $77K and $159K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by years of experience and location. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male IT Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$75,177 - $143,905
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$75K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $109,404
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$30.20 - $102.86
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MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,177 - $143,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,988  
Profit Sharing
$1,023 - $19,574  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,347  
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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$76,548 - $158,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,601
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$30.20 - $102.86  
   
Overtime
$34.99 - $112.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,988  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$1,023 - $19,574  
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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$76,548 - $158,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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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. The most common career progression for IT Program Managers leads to becoming an Information Technology Director, where pay is typically $101K. However, many IT Program Managers also opt to become Directors of Information Technology Program Management, a position that pays $129K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, IT


Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company are top-notch employers for IT Program Managers in this area. For IT Program Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Google, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $143K, the highest in the area. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Accenture, Dell, Inc., and American Express Co. (AMEX), top-paying firms where IT Program Managers rake in a massive $135K, $128K, or $123K, respectively.

IBM Global Services is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $91K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $54K while workers on the upper end may rake in $188K. Other low-paying employers include TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED at $94K 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 seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Strategic Planning, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. 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

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


IT Program Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $89K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $108K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $121K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $131K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Program Managers, above-average compensation can be found going east — in Washington, New York, and Boston, in particular. In Redmond, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (7 percent less) and Austin (6 percent less).

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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Program Management
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People Management
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Leadership
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Microsoft Word
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Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Project
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National Average
$117,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

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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