Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Information Technology Project Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $110K per year. Cash earnings for Information Technology Project Directors — which occasionally include more than $27K from bonuses and more than $48K from profit sharing — stretch from around $72K to approximately $169K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Information Technology Project Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Information Technology Project Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$71,752 - $149,244
MEDIAN: $110,404

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$71,752 - $149,244  
$1,982 - $26,791  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $47,500  
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).
$72,386 - $168,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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Job Description for Project Director, Information Technology (IT)

Information technology (IT) project directors are in charge of overseeing and directing the successful completion of IT projects for their organization. They are responsible for coordinating efforts and creating effective strategies to reach all company objectives related to information systems. They review new equipment purchases, manage expenses, create detailed budget reports, and ensure internal and external clients receive high-quality IT products and services. IT project directors deploy enterprise technology infrastructure to improve efficiency in use of company resources. They also set goals for their team, provide advice in case of technical issues, track project progress, and escalate support problems. IT project directors must stay informed of current technological trends and have solid understanding of systems capabilities. They participate in training efforts of junior staff members and cultivate business partnerships with vendors to obtain cost savings. In all tasks, the IT project director must follow company privacy and security policies to prevent data loss and theft. These professionals generally report to the senior management of their department.


Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Tasks

  • Supervise and direct the activities of IT managers and technicians and other staff members working on IT systems.
  • Manage project timelines, budgets, resources, staffing, and quality control.
  • Identify an organization’s technology needs and develop proposals for how to meet those needs.
  • Plan, manage, and oversee information technology projects to improve an organization’s IT infrastructure and software.
  • Prepare reports on project progress and analyses of project effectiveness for senior management.

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Information Technology Project Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management and SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For Information Technology Project Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $91K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $100K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $120K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Information Technology Project Director generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $136K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.


31 %
69 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%