Project Leader, IT Salary

The majority of IT Project Leaders in the United States — more than half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $60K to $120K per year, and the median is $82K annually. Overall cash earnings for IT Project Leaders stretch from $60K on the lower end to $120K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for IT Project Leaders is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$60,115 - $111,564
(Median)
$60K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,276
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90%

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$20.00 - $65.84
(Median)
$20
$41
$66
MEDIAN: $41.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,115 - $111,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,343  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $6,456  
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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$60,425 - $120,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.00 - $65.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,343  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $6,456  
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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$60,425 - $120,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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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While not commonly seen, IT Project Leaders who transition into a Software Development Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Software Development Managers is $113K per year. However, it's more common for IT Project Leaders to move into roles as Information Technology Project Managers or Senior Project Manager, ITs.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT


Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $121K, Cerner Corporation still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $70K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java, Project Management, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mainframe, Microsoft SQL Server, and Internet Information Server. 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.


IT Project Leaders do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $71K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $79K on average. IT Project Leaders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $95K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $101K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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 13%

Java
up arrow 11%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

C#
0%

National Average
$85,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 2%

HTML
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 7%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 9%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 9%

Mainframe
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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