Project Leader, General Salary

General Project Leaders in the United States take home an average $78K annually. Total cash compensation for General Project Leaders runs from $40K to $129K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for General Project Leaders is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male General Project Leaders are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 60 percent of professionals. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,050 - $122,303
(Median)
$46K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,172
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$12.06 - $38.87
(Median)
$12
$19
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,050 - $122,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,848  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $14,795  
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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$40,008 - $128,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $38.87  
   
Overtime
$0.01 - $53.83  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $14,795  
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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$40,008 - $128,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Project Leader, General

A general project leader is responsible for developing plans and timelines for prospective projects and delegating work to the project team as needed. This gives the project leader significant authority over members of the project team, which may involve leading discussions on any element of the project, approving prospective project changes, and providing incentives for good performance. Additionally, the general project leader is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed in a timely and consistent manner, staying within company constraints related to budget and risk management. Project leaders report project progress and related financial information to their supervisors on a regular basis.

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Project Leader, General Tasks

  • Review strategies and create plans to develop products or services within a proposed budget.
  • Conduct research to formulate approaches, compare services to competitors and identify appropriate actions.
  • Manage projects, including schedules, staff, documentation, and deliverables.
  • Review changes to projects and communicate necessary steps to handle those changes.

Common Career Paths for Project Leader, General


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General Project Leaders may progress into high-paying roles like Aviation Program Manager, where median compensation is $101K annually. Going from General Project Leader to Operations Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Operations Managers is $59K. Many others choose to work as Software Development Project Managers, where pay is typically $86K.

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Popular Skills for Project Leader, General


General Project Leaders report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Project Management, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Access as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Leader, General

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


General Project Leaders who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $61K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $81K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $87K in this role. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $111K, a plump six-figure sum.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, General Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Project Leader, General Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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