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Project Leader, General Salary

The average General Project Leader in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $76K per year. Final cash compensation to General Project Leaders varies from around $42K to approximately $129K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $11K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for General Project Leaders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of General Project Leaders (63 percent) survey respondents are men. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,262 - $121,795
(Median)
$46K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,548
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$11.97 - $37.88
(Median)
$12
$18
$38
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$46,262 - $121,795  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,153  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $11,000  
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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$41,781 - $129,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $37.88  
   
Overtime
$0.01 - $55.00  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,153  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $11,000  
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).
)
$41,781 - $129,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42

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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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General Project Leaders' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Aviation Program Manager. The average Aviation Program Manager brings home $101K per year. More often than not, an Operations Manager role is the next step for General Project Leaders moving up in the field. Pay for Operations Managers is usually $59K. Many General Project Leaders choose to take on a Software Development Project Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $86K.

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Popular Skills for Project Leader, General


General Project Leaders report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Project Management, Microsoft Excel, 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. Most people familiar with 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $60K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $77K. General Project Leaders bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $108K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, General Salaries




National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Project Leader, General Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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