Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Project Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $44K to $167K per year, median earnings come to $90K annually. Final cash compensation to Project Directors varies from around $44K to approximately $167K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $20K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Project Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men working as Project Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,588 - $147,865
(Median)
$46K
$90K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,431
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$13.28 - $76.34
(Median)
$13
$25
$76
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,588 - $147,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $19,727  
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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$44,487 - $167,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $76.34  
   
Overtime
$55.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,799  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $19,727  
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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$44,487 - $167,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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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It's not very common for Project Directors to move on to become VPs of Operations. Average pay for a VP of Operations is $123K annually. A Non-Profit Executive Director role is the most prevalent career advancement for Project Directors. Paychecks for that role are $60K on average. The Project Management Director position is another common transition for Project Directors; in this role, salaries are typically at the $122K mark.

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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $78K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $107K on average. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $126K.

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



National Average
$91,000



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



Project Management
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National Average
$91,000

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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