Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Project Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just under three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $45K to $166K per year, median earnings come to $91K per year. Total cash earnings of Project Directors range from $45K on the low end to $166K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $20K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience 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. The majority of Project Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Project Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$45,665 - $149,261

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$10.36 - $57.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$45,665 - $149,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $19,574  
Total Pay (?
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$44,675 - $166,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $57.81  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,696  
   
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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$44,675 - $166,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Project Directors do not often transition into VP of Operations roles. The role averages $122K per year. Many Project Directors advance into roles as Non-Profit Executive Directors or Executive Directors, but the median salaries are $32K lower and $18K lower, respectively.

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


Project Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Excel and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people experienced in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $78K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $114K. 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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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 73 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
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 9%
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