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. Overall cash earnings for Information Technology Project Directors stretch from $71K on the lower end to $166K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $25K from bonuses and $48K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Information Technology Project Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Information Technology Project Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$70,384 - $148,986

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$70,384 - $148,986  
$1,021 - $24,858  
Profit Sharing
$1,500 - $47,500  
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$71,358 - $165,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 222
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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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Job skills reported by Information Technology Project Directors are limited. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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

Information Technology Project Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $89K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $100K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $119K. 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

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Skills That Affect Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


30 %
70 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%