Project Leader, IT Salary

IT Project Leaders in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little more than half of IT Project Leaders. Salaries average out to around $84K annually and spread from $61K to $124K per year. Final cash compensation to IT Project Leaders varies from around $61K to approximately $124K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $16K and $7K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. The vast majority (81 percent) of IT Project Leaders who answered the questionnaire are male. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$60,490 - $114,355
(Median)
$60K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,558
10%
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90%

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$16.64 - $68.09
(Median)
$17
$42
$68
MEDIAN: $41.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,490 - $114,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,590  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $7,250  
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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$60,652 - $123,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 505
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.64 - $68.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.90  
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 - $15,590  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $7,250  
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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$60,652 - $123,543  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Project Leader, IT

IT project leaders are in charge of facilitating and coordinating group projects relating to information technology that advance an organization's goals and values in an effective manner. Most of the time IT project leaders set performance standards among project/team members to ensure strong group cohesion and productivity. As such, project leaders must have impeccable written and oral communication skills to be able to interpret and execute different ideas and solve problems. Their expertise in technical matters is also crucial to making sure their projects are successful.

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Project Leader, IT Tasks

  • implementation, deployment and operation of information systems and techonology solutions for business needs.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate the development.

Common Career Paths for Project Leader, IT


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It's not very common for IT Project Leaders to move on to become Software Development Managers. Average pay for a Software Development Manager is $114K annually. Becoming an Information Technology Project Manager or an IT Senior Project Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for IT Project Leaders.

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Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java, Java/J2EE, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Visual Basic. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in SQL and Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Leader, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For IT Project Leaders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $72K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $80K. IT Project Leaders see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. IT Project Leaders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,122

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For IT Project Leaders, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. IT Project Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Boston (+12 percent), Baltimore (+11 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Compared to the national average, Pittsburgh IT Project Leaders have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Phoenix and Kansas City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$86,000



Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 10%

Java
up arrow 9%

Java/J2EE
up arrow 3%

UNIX
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Project Management
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$86,000

C#
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 4%


Microsoft SQL Server
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Mainframe
up arrow 8%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 9%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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