Project Leader, General Salary

General Project Leaders in the United States can expect wages of $76K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for General Project Leaders stretch from $42K on the lower end to $128K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $17K from bonuses and $11K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. There are more male General Project Leaders than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 62 percent. Most General Project Leaders like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,011 - $120,874
(Median)
$46K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,406
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$11.97 - $31.22
(Median)
$12
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,011 - $120,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,192  
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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$41,660 - $127,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $31.22  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,192  
   
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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$41,660 - $127,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For General Project Leaders, progressing to an Aviation Program Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Aviation Program Manager can earn $101K annually. An Operations Manager role is the most common promotion for General Project Leaders moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $59K 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


Survey results imply that General Project Leaders put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, Windows Operating System General Use, and Project Management 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 experienced in 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of General Project Leaders. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $77K. General Project Leaders see a median salary of $87K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $108K.

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National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Project Leader, General Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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