IT Project Leaders who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of IT Project Leaders. Pay fluctuates from $55K to $123K per year, but expected earnings average $84K annually. In the world of IT Project Leaders, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $14K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $55K and $123K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male IT Project Leaders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$59,532 - $114,924
$60K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,726
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50%
90%

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$13.43 - $77.27
$13
$31
$77
MEDIAN: $31.49
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,532 - $114,924  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $14,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,000  
Total Pay (?
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$54,700 - $122,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 300
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $77.27  
   
Overtime
$12.72 - $79.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$150.00 - $14,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,000  
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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$54,700 - $122,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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

  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the development.
  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and techonology solutions for business needs.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.

Common Career Paths for Project Leader, IT


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Though not the most common occurrence, IT Project Leaders sometimes become Software Development Managers, where the average income is $115K per year. Becoming an Information Technology Project Manager or an IT Senior Project Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for IT Project Leaders.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT


The consistently lowest paying firm is Cerner Corporation, where the median salary is just $73K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $64K to $119K.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Oracle, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Internet Information Server, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know SQL 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $74K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $83K. On average, IT Project Leaders make $93K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $101K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,369

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for IT Project Leaders, 22 percent higher than the national average. IT Project Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+12 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). IT Project Leaders in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Phoenix and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Project Leader, IT

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$85,000



Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

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Linux
up arrow 15%

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SQL
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Java/J2EE
up arrow 4%

.NET
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Project Management
0%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$85,000

C#
up arrow 1%

HTML
up arrow 3%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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