Project Leader, IT Salary

IT Project Leaders in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $55K to $123K per year, median earnings come to $84K annually. In the world of IT Project Leaders, overall income ranges from $55K near the bottom to $123K at the top; this can include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by experience level and the specific company. Work is enjoyable for IT Project Leaders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most IT Project Leaders survey respondents are men (71 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,306 - $116,308
$59K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,443
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$15.22 - $73.69
$15
$32
$74
MEDIAN: $32.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,306 - $116,308  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $12,122  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $8,940  
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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$54,697 - $122,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $73.69  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $79.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$248.32 - $12,122  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $8,940  
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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$54,697 - $122,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 35

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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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IT Project Leaders do not often transition into Software Development Manager roles. The role averages $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


With a median salary of only $73K, Cerner Corporation pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $64K to $119K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


Survey results imply that IT Project Leaders deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Java/J2EE, Oracle, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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

Pay by Experience for a Project Leader, IT has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Leader, IT with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Project Leader, IT with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 111 salaries. An experienced Project Leader, IT which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 147 salaries. A Project Leader, IT with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 56 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,754

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For IT Project Leaders, Washington provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. IT Project Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+12 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh IT Project Leaders have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston and Phoenix (16 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Project Leader, IT

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$86,000

▼3%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

▲20%

▲17%

▲15%

Linux
▲14%

SQL
▲9%

▲2%


Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$86,000

C#
▼2%

HTML
▼4%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼8%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼8%


Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 14%
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