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Project Leader, General Salary

Median pay for General Project Leaders in the United States is around $76K annually. In the world of General Project Leaders, overall income ranges from $42K near the bottom to $129K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $11K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 62 percent of General Project Leaders are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,360 - $121,602
(Median)
$46K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,906
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$12.01 - $37.60
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$12
$19
$38
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,360 - $121,602  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,114  
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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$41,746 - $128,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $37.60  
   
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 - $17,114  
   
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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$41,746 - $128,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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. Going from General Project Leader to Operations Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Operations Managers is $59K. Many others choose to work as Software Development Project Managers, where pay is 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, 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. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $109K, 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 85 votes.

Gender

Female
38 %
Male
62 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
31%
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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