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Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $90K, roughly one in three of overall earnings for Project Directors arrives through commissions. Total cash compensation to Project Directors bottoms out near $45K and approaches $172K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $29K from bonuses and almost $26K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Project Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,871 - $150,984
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MEDIAN: $89,807
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$10.36 - $57.81
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,871 - $150,984  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $29,260  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $25,760  
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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$45,454 - $171,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $57.81  
   
Overtime
$24.30 - $55.50  
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$201.34 - $29,260  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $25,760  
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).
)
$45,454 - $171,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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 some Project Directors move into positions like VP of Operations (where the average salary is $122K), this progression is not the norm. Project Directors most frequently advance into Non-Profit Executive Director and Operations Director roles even though the median salaries are $30K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Job Listings

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


Project Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project, Process Improvement, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 30 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $52K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $77K on average. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $114K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $127K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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



National Average
$90,000



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

Microsoft Project
up arrow 39%

Process Improvement
up arrow 30%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$90,000

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%