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Program Manager, IT Salary

IT Program Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($109K) annually in the United States. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $23K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Program Managers can bottom out near $76K or peak near $158K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by tenure and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most IT Program Managers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Job satisfaction for IT Program Managers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$75,047 - $143,546
(Median)
$75K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $108,894
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$30.27 - $102.14
(Median)
$30
$61
$100
MEDIAN: $61.00
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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
$75,047 - $143,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $22,726  
Profit Sharing
$1,409 - $19,627  
Commission
$1,750 - $23,000  
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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$76,354 - $158,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,575
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$30.27 - $102.14  
   
Overtime
$38.70 - $108.87  
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 - $22,726  
   
Commission
$1,750 - $23,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,409 - $19,627  
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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$76,354 - $158,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205

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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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Very rarely, a few IT Program Managers progress into roles as IT Senior Program Managers. The second group reports a slightly higher median income of $132K per year. Given that the median pay is $101K, it may be surprising to find that an Information Technology Director is the most common role for IT Program Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Director of Information Technology Program Management role — which pays $129K — is also typical for IT Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, IT


Microsoft Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., and Amazon.com Inc are among the top companies that take on many IT Program Managers. Those at Bank of America Corp. (BOFA) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $152K. IT Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Google, Inc. ($143K), Accenture ($135K), and Dell, Inc. ($130K).

The consistently lowest paying firm is TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED, where the median salary is just $91K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $55K to $181K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include IBM Global Services at $91K, and Wipro Technologies Ltd. where $94K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some IT Program Managers there earn up to $158K.

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, Budget Management, Strategic Planning, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $88K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $108K. IT Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $120K. 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


IT Program Managers earn a generous sum in eastern parts of the United States: Washington, Boston, and New York each offer salaries above the national average. With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Redmond is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (10 percent lower) and Phoenix (7 percent lower).

Program Manager, IT Reviews

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





Program Management
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Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Leadership
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People Management
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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 Project
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National Average
$116,000

Microsoft Office
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 552 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: 8%