Project Leader, IT Salary (United States)

The majority of IT Project Leaders in the United States—50 percent—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $57,605 to $115,445 per year and typically amount to $81,862 annually. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $14,990 from bonuses and close to $10,067 from profit sharing—generally runs from $57,279 to $108,315. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; nearly all receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Making up 78 percent of the field, male IT Project Leaders greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Work is enjoyable for the better half of IT Project Leaders who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$57,279 - $108,315
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MEDIAN: $79,540
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Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$19.00 - $58.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,279 - $108,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,990  
Profit Sharing
$756 - $10,067  
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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$57,605 - $115,445  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$756 - $10,067  
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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$57,605 - $115,445  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 Project Leaders who transition into Software Development Managers are seldom found, but they do earn an extra $30K per year. Career advancement for IT Project Leaders often leads to becoming IT Project Managers or Senior IT Project Managers, where they can earn $3,697 or $28K more per year.

Project Leader, IT Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT

Salary cannot be beat at Cerner Corporation, where median pay comes to $70,496. Salary range is somewhat confined, however, with base pay starting at $63K and ending at $107K. Not only do salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $55K to just $100K—but Syntel, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $64,000.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT

IT Project Leaders seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Linux, Oracle, Project Management, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, Mainframe, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people familiar with SQL also know Microsoft SQL Server and Project Management. Those familiar with Microsoft Office also tend to know Project Management 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.
IT Project Leaders with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $68K can reach $77K. Pay amounts to $100K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as IT Project Leaders pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $100K. IT Project Leaders with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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New York
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Houston
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National Average
$82,000
Seattle
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Kansas City
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Phoenix
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Pittsburgh
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For those looking to make money, IT Project Leaders in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. IT Project Leaders will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with IT Project Leaders in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (-12 percent) and Kansas City (-10 percent).

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

National Average
$82,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

Linux
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Oracle
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Project Management
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Java
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HTML
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National Average
$82,000
SQL
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UNIX
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Visual Basic (VB)
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.NET
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Mainframe
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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