Project Controller, Information Technology (IT) Salary
Job Description for Project Controller, Information Technology (IT)
The information technology (IT) project controller works closely with the project manager, helping create tools to perform financial and project processes, as well as analyzing projects' costs, risks, planning, and accuracy. The IT project controller is responsible for collaborating with the project manager to update and develop projects as well; they are involved throughout the development and update processes, from planning to creating budgets and value adding processes to developing reports that track project process and analyze effectiveness. IT project controllers also plan meetings and documentation for presentations, as well as help create project scheduling to ensure it is aligned with budget restrictions.Read More...
The IT project controller typically works most closely with the project manager, but they also collaborate with many different departments and colleagues within their organization. Therefore, they must be skilled at working with teams and with managers with different leadership styles. This job generally takes place in an office setting, with most of the controller's time spent in front of the computer. Typical employers include large organizations that regularly undertake projects. This role is in the IT field, but it also requires knowledge of finance, budgeting, and risk analysis.
Required education for IT project controller positions typically includes a bachelor’s degree in a business- or technology-related field, with project management certifications desired. Previous relevant experience - including with budgeting and forecasting - is generally needed as well. IT project controllers must be proficient with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite, as well as have strong analytical and critical-thinking skills.
Project Controller, Information Technology (IT) Tasks
- Communicate project status to management and clients, and propose changes in project scope, timeline, or plans if necessary.
- Develop plans and schedules for carrying out the project, and identify resource and personnel needs.
- Manage IT projects from beginning to completion, making sure time and budget targets are met.
- Resolve any problems that arise during project, identify and mitigate potential risks or delays.
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Pay by Experience Level for Project Controller, Information Technology (IT)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Information Technology Project Controllers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $66K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $85K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $106K.