IT Project Leaders who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly more than half of IT Project Leaders. Pay fluctuates from $56K to $121K per year, but expected earnings average $84K annually. Total cash compensation for IT Project Leaders runs from $56K to $121K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the individual firm. For the most part, IT Project Leaders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male IT Project Leaders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$60,152 - $112,872
(Median)
$60K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,148
10%
50%
90%

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$13.23 - $78.12
(Median)
$13
$32
$78
MEDIAN: $31.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,152 - $112,872  
   
Bonus
$244.68 - $14,945  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,060  
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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$55,617 - $120,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $78.12  
   
Overtime
$12.60 - $79.73  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$244.68 - $14,945  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,060  
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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$55,617 - $120,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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. Average pay for a Software Development Manager is $115K annually. However, IT Project Leaders typically graduate to Information Technology Project Managers or IT Senior Project Managers.

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Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Oracle, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 14 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Internet Information Server, Windows Operating System General Use, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in 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.


IT Project Leaders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $75K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $84K. IT Project Leaders see a median salary of $92K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned IT Project Leaders with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,632

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

Relative to IT Project Leaders in the rest of the country, IT Project Leaders to the east in Washington, Boston, and Baltimore see salaries beyond the national average. IT Project Leaders in Pittsburgh make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Houston (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$86,000



Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

UNIX
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up arrow 14%

Linux
up arrow 14%

SQL
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Java/J2EE
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.NET
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Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$86,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

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 41 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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