Program Manager, IT Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for IT Program Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $110K per year. Total incomes of IT Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $22K from bonuses and close to $18K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $77K and $160K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and geographic location. Work is enjoyable for IT Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all IT Program Managers who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$75,089 - $144,593
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$75K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $110,209
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$31.61 - $102.70
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$32
$65
$100
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,089 - $144,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,728  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $17,589  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$76,791 - $159,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,729
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$31.61 - $102.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$35.58 - $111.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $21,728  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $17,589  
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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$76,791 - $159,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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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 $133K per year. Given that the median pay is $102K, 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 $130K — is also typical for IT Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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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 Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) are leading firms in the industry. Although Google, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $145K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $101K to $172K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Dell, Inc., Accenture, and Cisco Systems Inc, where earnings of $131K, $129K, or $117K are standard for IT Program Managers.

IBM Global Services seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $91K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $54K and $188K. Workers at TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED, Nordstrom, Inc., and Wipro Technologies Ltd. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $95K, $98K, and $98K respectively.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, IT


IT Program Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Project Management, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, Budget Management, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $89K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $108K. After working for 10 to 20 years, IT Program Managers make a median salary of $122K. IT Program Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $131K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,370

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Eastern cities like New York, Boston, and Washington are lucrative areas for IT Program Managers, where pay is higher than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Redmond. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (6 percent lower) and Seattle (4 percent lower).

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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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Program Management
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Leadership
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People Management
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Strategic Planning
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Agile
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Microsoft Project
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National Average
$117,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 445 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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