Project Leader, General Salary

An average General Project Leader in the United States can expect to take home roughly $78K annually. Total cash earnings of General Project Leaders range from $40K on the low end to $129K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $15K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. General Project Leaders who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most General Project Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,050 - $122,303
(Median)
$46K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,172
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$12.06 - $38.87
(Median)
$12
$19
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,050 - $122,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,848  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $14,795  
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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$40,008 - $128,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $38.87  
   
Overtime
$0.01 - $53.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $14,795  
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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$40,008 - $128,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Aviation Program Manager. The latter position pays an average of $101K annually. 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Project, Project Management, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Excel 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of General Project Leaders. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $61K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $81K. 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 $111K on average.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, General Salaries




National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Project Leader, General Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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