Project Leader, General Salary

General Project Leaders in the United States take home approximately $76K per year on average. Final cash compensation to General Project Leaders varies from around $42K to approximately $128K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $17K and $11K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. There are more male General Project Leaders than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 62 percent. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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 - $17,232  
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: 2 Jul 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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,232  
   
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: 2 Jul 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. 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


Survey results suggest that General Project Leaders put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Excel, 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 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.


General Project Leaders with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $77K. General Project Leaders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $87K. Professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience reap the fruits of their labor to the six-figure tune of $108K — the plum median salary in this group.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, General Salaries




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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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