Project Leader, IT Salary

The majority of IT Project Leaders in the United States — just under three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $53K to $122K per year, and the median is $84K per year. Final cash compensation to IT Project Leaders varies from around $53K to approximately $122K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $9K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most IT Project Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most IT Project Leaders survey respondents are men (72 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$58,955 - $116,373
$59K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,438
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50%
90%

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$15.07 - $72.78
$15
$31
$73
MEDIAN: $31.14
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50%
90%

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$0$122K
Salary $58,955 - $116,373
Bonus $304.10 - $12,130
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,000
Total Pay (?
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$53,437 - $122,406
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 347
Hourly Data $0$79
Hourly Rate $15.07 - $72.78
Overtime $12.82 - $79.19
Annual Data $0$122K
Bonus $304.10 - $12,130
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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$53,437 - $122,406
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40

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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 it's uncommon, some IT Project Leaders move into roles as Software Development Managers, where pay is an average $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


Cerner Corporation offers the least money; the median income there is just $73K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $64K and $119K.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with UNIX, Java/J2EE, and Oracle are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Internet Information Server, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also 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: $85,436

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

For IT Project Leaders, Washington provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. IT Project Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+12 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh IT Project Leaders earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Houston and Phoenix earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 15 percent less, respectively).

Project Leader, IT Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Project Leader, IT?

Project Leader, IT in Burlington:
"Software LEader."
Pros: People and projects.
Cons: Doesn't pay much.

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Key Stats for Project Leader, IT

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$85,000

▼2%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

▲20%

▲17%

▲15%

Linux
▲15%

SQL
▲9%

▲3%


Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$85,000

C#
▼1%

HTML
▼3%


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 53 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 14%
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