What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Project Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below three-fifths of Project Directors. Salaries average out to around $91K per year and spread from $46K to $173K per year. Total cash earnings of Project Directors range from $46K on the low end to $173K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $24K, respectively. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Project Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men working as Project Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Read More
$46,422 - $153,049
(Median)
$46K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $91,045
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$10.36 - $57.81
(Median)
$10
$25
$58
MEDIAN: $24.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$46,422 - $153,049  
   
Bonus
$-0.47 - $30,283  
Profit Sharing
$515 - $24,240  
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).
)
$45,769 - $172,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate 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$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 - $30,283  
   
Profit Sharing
$515 - $24,240  
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).
)
$45,769 - $172,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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)


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


While not commonly seen, Project Directors who transition into a VP of Operations position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Operations is $122K per year. Project Directors most often move into Non-Profit Executive Director or Operations Director roles. However, the former pays $32K less on average, and the latter pays $7K less.

Project Director, (Unspecified Type / General) Job Listings

Jobs by Simply Hired
jobs by Indeed job search

Search for more jobs:

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


Survey results suggest that Project Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Microsoft Project and Process Improvement are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent and 25 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $52K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $77K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $109K. 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.

Related Job Salaries

 
ADVERTISEMENT
United States (change)

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



National Average
$91,000



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

Microsoft Project
up arrow 36%


Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$91,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
ADVERTISEMENT