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Project Leader, IT Salary (United States)

Half of IT Project Leaders in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $59K to $117K per year, but median earnings come to around $80K per year. Total cash earnings of IT Project Leaders range from $59K on the low end to $117K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $10K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Project Leaders. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. 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. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$57,963 - $109,844
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MEDIAN: $80,461
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Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$23.46 - $59.60
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,963 - $109,844  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,049  
Profit Sharing
$756 - $9,696  
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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$58,605 - $116,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 527
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$23.46 - $59.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,049  
   
Profit Sharing
$756 - $9,696  
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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$58,605 - $116,949  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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While IT Project Leaders do not often become Software Development Managers, the job pays $112K per year on average. IT Project Leaders moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Information Technology Project Managers or IT Senior Project Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $27K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT

The lowest salaries can be found at Syntel, Inc. — median pay is $68K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $55K and only reaching $96K.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT

IT Project Leaders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Oracle, Project Management, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Mainframe, Microsoft SQL Server, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. The majority of those who know SQL also know Microsoft SQL Server and Project Management. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also 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.
For IT Project Leaders, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $68K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $78K. On average, IT Project Leaders make $92K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $100K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$83,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for IT Project Leaders, 20 percent higher than the national average. IT Project Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent), Baltimore (+15 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). IT Project Leaders in Pittsburgh make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Seattle (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

National Average
$83,000
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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SQL
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UNIX
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National Average
$83,000
.NET
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Mainframe
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 8%