Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

With nearly three in five of Project Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Project Directors is $87K annually and can range from $42K on the lower end to $170K per year near the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Project Directors. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$45,110 - $151,848
$45K
$87K
$150K
MEDIAN: $87,471
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50%
90%

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$15.51 - $97.89
$16
$40
$98
MEDIAN: $40.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,110 - $151,848  
   
Bonus
$1,521 - $37,248  
Profit Sharing
$8,200  
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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$41,871 - $169,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$15.51 - $97.89  
   
Overtime
$17.34  
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$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,521 - $37,248  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,200  
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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$41,871 - $169,656  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Project Directors sometimes become VPs of Operations, where the average income is $124K per year. More often than not, a Non-Profit Executive Director role is the next step for Project Directors moving up in the field. Pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is usually $60K. Many Project Directors choose to take on a Project Management Director role instead, where salaries are typically $123K.

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


Survey results imply that Project Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent and 23 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

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

Pay by Experience for a Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 49 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 77 salaries. An experienced Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 93 salaries. A Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $142,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $88,748

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Surpassing the national average by 117 percent, Project Directors in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Project Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+41 percent), Boston (+37 percent), San Francisco (+35 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). Project Directors in Orlando make 44 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (23 percent lower) and Denver (15 percent lower).

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

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries

▲60%

▲13%

National Average
$89,000

▼11%

▼37%

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


Strategic Project Management
▲23%



National Average
$89,000

Project Management
▼1%




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 10%
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