Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salary

Information Technology Project Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $109K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $25K and $48K, respectively — total cash payment to Information Technology Project Directors can bottom out near $71K or peak near $166K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Information Technology Project Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Information Technology Project Directors survey respondents are men (70 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,226 - $148,929
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$70K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $109,132
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$70,226 - $148,929  
   
Bonus
$1,007 - $24,947  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $48,479  
Total Pay (?
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$71,125 - $166,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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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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Information Technology Project Directors only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with SQL, Project Management, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office. Those with knowledge of Microsoft Office tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

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

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


For many Information Technology Project Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $89K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $100K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $118K. Information Technology Project Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $137K.

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Experience Affects Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$113,000

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

SQL
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National Average
$113,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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