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Project Leader, General Salary

For General Project Leaders, yearly average wages total $76K annually. Total cash earnings of General Project Leaders range from $42K on the low end to $130K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $17K and $11K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of General Project Leaders (64 percent) survey respondents are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,460 - $121,438
(Median)
$46K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,234
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90%

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$11.84 - $38.43
(Median)
$12
$17
$38
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
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
$46,460 - $121,438  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,461  
Profit Sharing
$1,376 - $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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$42,082 - $129,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $38.43  
   
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 - $17,461  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,376 - $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).
)
$42,082 - $129,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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 progress into high-paying roles like Aviation Program Manager, where median compensation is $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 wide range of professional skills. 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. 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $60K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $77K. General Project Leaders bring in $87K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $110K, a plump six-figure sum.

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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 91 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%