Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Project Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Project Directors is $91K per year and can range from $45K on the lower end to $168K per year near the higher end. Total cash compensation to Project Directors bottoms out near $45K and approaches $168K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $30K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Project Directors (54 percent) who responded to the survey. The majority of Project Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$45,821 - $150,603
(Median)
$46K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,987
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$10.36 - $57.81
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$25
$58
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,821 - $150,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,201  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,574  
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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$44,897 - $167,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $57.81  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,201  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,574  
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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$44,897 - $167,930  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)

In general, project directors (unspecified type/general) are responsible for the overall success of a project. They guide the activities of various project members, coordinating the different parts of the project toward a unified goal. Project directors must accomplish this task within the constraints of budget, time, and personnel limitations.

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Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Tasks

  • Ensure successful design, implementation, tracking and revision of project plans for assigned projects.
  • Manage project resources and project teams.
  • Manage large projects or specific areas of large projects.

Common Career Paths for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)


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Though it's uncommon, some Project Directors move into roles as VPs of Operations, where pay is an average $122K per year. Given that the median pay is $59K, it may be surprising to find that a Non-Profit Executive Director is the most common role for Project Directors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Project Management Director role — which pays $119K — is also typical for Project Directors, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)


Survey results suggest that Project Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 38 percent and 24 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Windows Operating System General Use. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General)

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Project Directors. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $113K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $128K.

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Experience Affects Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries



Project Management
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Microsoft Word
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$91,000

Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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