Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Project Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly three in five have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $44K to $167K per year, median earnings come to $90K per year. Total cash compensation to Project Directors approaches anywhere from $44K on the lower end to $167K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Project Directors (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Project Directors is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$45,588 - $147,865
(Median)
$46K
$90K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,431
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$13.28 - $76.34
(Median)
$13
$25
$76
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,588 - $147,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $19,727  
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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$44,487 - $167,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $76.34  
   
Overtime
$55.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,799  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $19,727  
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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$44,487 - $167,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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 $123K per year. Becoming a Non-Profit Executive Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Project Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Non-Profit Executive Director is $60K. Another frequent advance is for Project Directors to assume a Project Management Director role; in this role, workers often take home $122K.

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


Project Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 40 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Windows Operating System General Use and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

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

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


For many Project Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $78K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $107K. Project Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $126K.

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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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National Average
$91,000

Microsoft Word
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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