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Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Just below three-fifths of Project Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $46K to $173K per year, but median earnings come to around $91K per year. Cash earnings for Project Directors — including $30K in bonuses and $33K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $46K to $173K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Project Directors making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,812 - $152,900
(Median)
$47K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,678
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$10.36 - $57.81
(Median)
$10
$25
$58
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,812 - $152,900  
   
Bonus
$-0.47 - $30,242  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $32,500  
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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$46,196 - $172,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $57.81  
   
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.47 - $30,242  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $32,500  
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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$46,196 - $172,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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It's not very common for Project Directors to move on to become VPs of Operations. Average pay for a VP of Operations is $122K annually. Project Directors most frequently advance into Non-Profit Executive Director and Operations Director roles even though the median salaries are $31K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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


Survey results show that Project Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project, Process Improvement, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 27 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in 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.


Project Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $76K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $110K on average. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $128K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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

Microsoft Project
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Project Management
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Microsoft Word
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National Average
$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 96 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

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%