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Project Leader, IT Salary (United States)

IT Project Leaders in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with roughly one-half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $80K per year on average but can range from $58K to $115K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Project Leaders can bottom out near $58K or peak near $115K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the particular employer. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all IT Project Leaders. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Project Leaders. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$57,279 - $108,315
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MEDIAN: $79,540
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Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$19.00 - $58.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,279 - $108,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,990  
Profit Sharing
$756 - $10,067  
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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$57,605 - $115,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
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$19.00 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$756 - $10,067  
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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$57,605 - $115,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Project Leader, IT

IT project leaders are in charge of facilitating and coordinating group projects relating to information technology that advance an organization's goals and values in an effective manner. Most of the time IT project leaders set performance standards among project/team members to ensure strong group cohesion and productivity. As such, project leaders must have impeccable written and oral communication skills to be able to interpret and execute different ideas and solve problems. Their expertise in technical matters is also crucial to making sure their projects are successful.
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Project Leader, IT Tasks
  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and techonology solutions for business needs.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the development.

Common Career Paths for Project Leader, IT

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It's not very common for IT Project Leaders to move on to become Software Development Managers. Typical pay for a Software Development Manager is $112K annually. Typical career progression for a IT Project Leader involves becoming a Information Technology Project Manager or a IT Senior Project Manager, roles that pay $4K more and $28K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT

With a median salary of $70K, Cerner Corporation offers IT Project Leaders the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $63K and are capped at $107K. With a median salary of $64K, Syntel, Inc. provides IT Project Leaders with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $92K, limiting employee salary growth. Another company with smaller-than-average paychecks is Cerner Corporation.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT

Survey takers working as IT Project Leaders report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Linux, Oracle, Project Management, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Mainframe, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people familiar with SQL also know Microsoft SQL Server and Project Management. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Leader, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For IT Project Leaders, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $68K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $76K on average. On average, IT Project Leaders make $91K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $100K. IT Project Leaders with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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For IT Project Leaders, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. IT Project Leaders will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an IT Project Leader's salary, with Pittsburgh IT Project Leaders earning salaries that are 25 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (12 percent lower) and Kansas City (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

National Average
$82,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

Linux
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Oracle
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Project Management
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Java
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HTML
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$82,000
SQL
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UNIX
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Visual Basic (VB)
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.NET
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Mainframe
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%