Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salary

Average pay for Information Technology Project Directors in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($112K). Total cash compensation to Information Technology Project Directors approaches anywhere from $74K on the lower end to $171K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $50K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Information Technology Project Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Information Technology Project Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$73,005 - $149,776
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$73K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,233
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Salary
$73,005 - $149,776  
   
Bonus
$2,004 - $29,798  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $49,665  
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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$74,285 - $170,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Project Director, Information Technology (IT)

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $91K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $99K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $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 $139K.

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Experience Affects Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$115,000

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
$115,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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