Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Project Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $91K annually, but may range from $45K to $168K per year. In the world of Project Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $45K and $168K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $20K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Project Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Project Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,086 - $150,603
(Median)
$46K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,864
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$10.36 - $57.81
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$10
$25
$58
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,086 - $150,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,235  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,574  
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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$45,271 - $167,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $57.81  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,235  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,574  
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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$45,271 - $167,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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 do not often transition into VP of Operations roles. The role averages $122K per year. Given that the median pay is $59K, 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 $119K — 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 suggest that Project Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

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

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


Project Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $112K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $128K.

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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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Microsoft Word
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$91,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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