Project Leader, IT Salary

IT Project Leaders in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $82K per year on average but can range from $60K to $120K per year. Total cash earnings of IT Project Leaders range from $60K on the low end to $120K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $6K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of IT Project Leaders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male IT Project Leaders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$60,099 - $111,619

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$17.11 - $65.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,099 - $111,619  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,269  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $6,411  
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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$60,232 - $120,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 475
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.11 - $65.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.78  
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 - $15,269  
   
Profit Sharing
$990 - $6,411  
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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$60,232 - $120,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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 do not often transition into Software Development Manager roles. The role averages $113K per year. More often, however, IT Project Leaders go on to become Information Technology Project Managers or IT Senior Project Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT


Cerner Corporation reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $70K) but some workers make up to $121K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java, Project Management, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Mainframe, Internet Information Server, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in Microsoft Office are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for IT Project Leaders — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $71K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. IT Project Leaders bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $101K.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$85,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 12%

Java
up arrow 10%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$85,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%

UNIX
up arrow 5%

.NET
up arrow 6%


HTML
up arrow 7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 9%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 10%

Mainframe
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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