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Project Leader, General Salary

The average General Project Leader in the United States earns approximately $76K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $16K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to General Project Leaders can bottom out near $41K or peak near $128K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male General Project Leaders who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for General Project Leaders is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$45,517 - $120,078
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MEDIAN: $75,592
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$12.56 - $31.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,517 - $120,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,263  
Profit Sharing
$1,414 - $11,150  
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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$41,334 - $127,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $31.66  
   
Overtime
$0.06 - $37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $16,263  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,414 - $11,150  
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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$41,334 - $127,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Project Leader, General

A general project leader is responsible for developing plans and timelines for prospective projects and delegating work to the project team as needed. This gives the project leader significant authority over members of the project team, which may involve leading discussions on any element of the project, approving prospective project changes, and providing incentives for good performance. Additionally, the general project leader is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed in a timely and consistent manner, staying within company constraints related to budget and risk management. Project leaders report project progress and related financial information to their supervisors on a regular basis.

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Project Leader, General Tasks

  • Review strategies and create plans to develop products or services within a proposed budget.
  • Conduct research to formulate approaches, compare services to competitors and identify appropriate actions.
  • Manage projects, including schedules, staff, documentation, and deliverables.
  • Review changes to projects and communicate necessary steps to handle those changes.

Common Career Paths for Project Leader, General


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While General Project Leaders do not often become Aviation Program Managers, the job pays $101K per year on average. An Operations Manager role is the most common promotion for General Project Leaders moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $58K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for General Project Leaders is a Software Development Project Manager position, where earnings are usually $86K.

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Popular Skills for Project Leader, General


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, Project Management, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Access as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Microsoft Office and Windows Operating System General Use.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Leader, General

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many General Project Leaders, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $59K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Project Leaders make a median salary of $87K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $103K on average.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, General Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Project Leader, General Salaries

Microsoft Project
up arrow 11%

National Average
$74,000

Project Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%