Project Leader, IT Salary

IT Project Leaders in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just under three-fifths of IT Project Leaders. Salaries average out to around $84K per year and spread from $55K to $123K per year. 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. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most IT Project Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male IT Project Leaders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$59,614 - $115,836
$60K
$84K
$120K
MEDIAN: $84,101
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50%
90%

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$14.36 - $74.56
$14
$31
$75
MEDIAN: $31.49
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,614 - $115,836  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $12,231  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $8,877  
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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$54,800 - $123,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $74.56  
   
Overtime
$11.50 - $80.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$103.04 - $12,231  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $8,877  
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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$54,800 - $123,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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. A more likely transition for IT Project Leaders is Information Technology Project Manager or Senior Project Manager, IT.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT


For IT Project Leaders, below-average salaries can be found at Cerner Corporation; in fact, average earnings are around $73K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($64K versus $119K) is great.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders report using a large range of skills on the job. 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. 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. For most people, competency in Microsoft Office indicates knowledge of 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $84K. IT Project Leaders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $101K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,639

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

With a pay rate for IT Project Leaders that is 21 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. IT Project Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+12 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). IT Project Leaders in Pittsburgh make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Houston and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 16 percent less than the median.

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Key Stats for Project Leader, IT

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$86,000

▼2%

▼14%

Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

▲20%

▲17%

▲15%

Linux
▲14%

SQL
▲9%

▲2%


Project Management
▼0%

National Average
$86,000

C#
▼1%

HTML
▼3%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
▼8%

Visual Basic (VB)
▼8%


Internet Information Server (IIS)
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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