Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Project Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $167K per year, median earnings come to $87K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Project Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$43,379 - $150,259
$43K
$87K
$150K
MEDIAN: $86,931
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50%
90%

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$13.40 - $121.20
$13
$40
$120
MEDIAN: $40.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$43,379 - $150,259  
   
Bonus
$1,977 - $34,645  
Profit Sharing
$8,750  
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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$41,439 - $167,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $121.20  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,977 - $34,645  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,750  
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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$41,439 - $167,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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Job Description for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)

In general, project directors (unspecified type/general) are responsible for the overall success of a project. They guide the activities of various project members, coordinating the different parts of the project toward a unified goal. Project directors must accomplish this task within the constraints of budget, time, and personnel limitations.

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Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Tasks

  • Manage large projects or specific areas of large projects.
  • Manage project resources and project teams.
  • Ensure successful design, implementation, tracking and revision of project plans for assigned projects.

Common Career Paths for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)


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Project Directors who transition into a VP of Operations role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $123K per year. Becoming a Non-Profit Executive Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Project Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Non-Profit Executive Director is $60K. Another frequent advance is for Project Directors to assume a Project Management Director role; in this role, workers often take home $123K.

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Popular Skills for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)


Project Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Strategic Project Management and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Project Directors. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $77K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $100K 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 $143K.

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Key Stats for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries

▲62%

▲13%

National Average
$88,000

▼12%

▼35%

Skills That Affect Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries


Strategic Project Management
▲24%



Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$88,000




Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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