Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salary

Wages for Information Technology Project Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($110K) per year. Cash earnings for Information Technology Project Directors — including $25K in bonuses and $48K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $71K to $166K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Information Technology Project Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Information Technology Project Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,331 - $149,046
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$110K
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MEDIAN: $109,685
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Salary
$70,331 - $149,046  
   
Bonus
$1,014 - $24,903  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $48,479  
Total Pay (?
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$71,281 - $166,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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.

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Information Technology Project Directors who took the survey. Most notably, facility with People Management and SQL are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. Competency in Microsoft Office frequently indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Director, Information Technology (IT)

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $89K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $100K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $118K on average. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $136K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$114,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salaries

People Management
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SQL
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National Average
$114,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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