Program Manager, IT Salary

Salaries for IT Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $22K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of IT Program Managers spread between $76K and $159K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by career length and geographic location. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male IT Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,091 - $144,235
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$75K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $109,622
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$29.75 - $102.57
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,091 - $144,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,100  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $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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$76,380 - $159,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,594
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.75 - $102.57  
   
Overtime
$34.99 - $112.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,100  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $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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$76,380 - $159,175  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
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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 rare, a few IT Program Managers do move into roles as IT Senior Program Managers, where the average pay is 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


IT Program Managers fill the offices of leading firms Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Amazon.com Inc, and Hewlett-Packard Company. IT Program Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Google, Inc., where the average salary comes to $143K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Accenture, Dell, Inc., and American Express Co. (AMEX), where earnings of $135K, $128K, or $123K are standard for IT Program Managers.

Employees of IBM Global Services can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $91K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $54K to $188K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED at $95K, and Wipro Technologies Ltd. where $97K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some IT Program Managers there earn up to $179K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, IT


Survey results imply that IT Program Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Most people experienced in 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.


IT Program Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $89K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $108K. IT Program Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $121K. 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


IT Program Managers in Washington, New York, and Boston — 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. Workers in Phoenix and Austin earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 7 percent.

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





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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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Project
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National Average
$117,000

Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 482 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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