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Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salary

Information Technology Project Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $107K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation to Information Technology Project Directors approaches anywhere from $69K on the lower end to $164K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $24K from bonuses and upwards of $48K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Information Technology Project Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$69,105 - $148,358
(Median)
$69K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $106,919
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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Salary
$69,105 - $148,358  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $24,377  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $48,479  
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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$69,123 - $164,373  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229

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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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Popular Skills for Project Director, Information Technology (IT)


Survey results show that Information Technology Project Directors typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with SQL, Project Management, and Microsoft Office can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Microsoft Office.

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. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $88K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $101K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $115K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $134K.

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Experience Affects Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$110,000

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

SQL
up arrow 16%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$110,000

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%