The majority of Project Directors in the United States — close to three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $42K to $168K per year, and the median is $87K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Project Directors (56 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,907 - $150,549
(Median)
$46K
$87K
$150K
MEDIAN: $86,830
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$13.09 - $90.81
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$13
$32
$91
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,907 - $150,549  
   
Bonus
$1,975 - $35,560  
Profit Sharing
$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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$41,962 - $167,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $90.81  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,975 - $35,560  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$41,962 - $167,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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

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

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


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Project Directors who go on to become VPs of Operations may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Operations is $123K annually. Given that the median pay is $60K, it may be surprising to find that a Non-Profit Executive Director is the most common role for Project Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Project Management Director role — which pays $123K — is also typical for Project Directors, though less common by comparison.

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


Survey results show that Project Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Excel as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $56K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $78K on average. Project Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $99K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $142K.

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Experience Affects Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries



National Average
$88,000



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


Microsoft Office
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Process Improvement
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Project Management
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National Average
$88,000

Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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