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Project Director, Information Technology (IT) Salary (United States)

Information Technology Project Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Information Technology Project Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $48K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $70K and $164K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Information Technology Project Directors survey respondents are men (70 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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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.
$69,705 - $148,397
MEDIAN: $107,407
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National Salary Data

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.
$69,705 - $148,397  
$1,000 - $24,528  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $48,479  
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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).
$69,809 - $163,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know SQL.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $86K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $102K. Information Technology Project Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $115K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $133K on average.

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Information Technology Project Directors will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Information Technology Project Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent) and Denver (+10 percent).

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%