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Program Manager, IT Salary

Compensation for IT Program Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($116K). 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 $75K and $157K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by years of experience and geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for IT Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male IT Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts.
$74,328 - $142,853
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $107,904
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$26.78 - $105.55
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Salary
$74,328 - $142,853  
   
Bonus
$-0.26 - $22,079  
Profit Sharing
$1,925 - $19,627  
Commission
$0.00 - $97,871  
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$75,487 - $157,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,564
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$26.78 - $105.55  
   
Overtime
$35.39 - $121.96  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$-0.26 - $22,079  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $97,871  
Profit Sharing
$1,925 - $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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$75,487 - $157,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 172
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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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Though it's rare, some IT Program Managers move into roles as IT Senior Program Managers, where pay is an average $132K per year. Given that the typical pay is $100K, 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 $128K — 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, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of IT Program Managers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Bank of America Corp. (BOFA) offers the most; IT Program Managers earn $152K on average there. IT Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Google, Inc. ($142K), Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) ($135K), and Accenture ($135K).

TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $88K, 72 percent less than the top paying company. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Wipro Technologies Ltd. at $91K, and IBM Global Services where $91K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some IT Program Managers there earn up to $188K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, IT


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Risk Management / Risk Control, Budget Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Program Management are also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for IT Program Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $88K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $107K. On average, IT Program Managers make $120K following one to two decades on the job. IT Program Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $130K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


IT Program Managers can earn above-average salaries when they head east to Washington, Boston, and New York, the three most well-paid cities in the country for IT Program Managers. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Redmond, 9 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Dallas (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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Strategic Planning
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Microsoft Office
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People Management
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Leadership
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Project Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Microsoft Project
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$116,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 620 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
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 8%