Program Manager, IT Salary

IT Program Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $110K per year on average. With some bonuses approaching $22K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $18K, overall incomes of IT Program Managers spread between $76K and $159K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and location. Most IT Program Managers survey respondents are men (72 percent). A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Work is enjoyable for IT Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$74,888 - $143,848

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$30.43 - $102.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,888 - $143,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,504  
Profit Sharing
$1,013 - $18,313  
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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$76,281 - $158,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$30.43 - $102.48  
   
Overtime
$34.75 - $109.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,504  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$1,013 - $18,313  
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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$76,281 - $158,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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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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 $132K per year. IT Program Managers go on to become Information Technology Directors more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $101K. 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 $129K.

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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 Hewlett-Packard Company are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Google, Inc. — the median salary there is $143K. Accenture, Dell, Inc., and American Express Co. (AMEX) also offer top salaries for IT Program Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $135K, $128K, and $123K, respectively.

IBM Global Services offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $91K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $54K to $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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Strategic Planning, Risk Management / Risk Control, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Program Management indicates knowledge of 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $88K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $108K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Program Managers make a median salary of $121K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


For IT Program Managers, heading east means bigger paychecks — those in Washington, New York, and Boston earn more on average than IT Program Managers in the rest of the country. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Redmond, 10 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Phoenix and Austin.

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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Program Management
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Leadership
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People Management
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Project Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Project
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$117,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 475 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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