Project Leader, IT Salary

With slightly more than half of IT Project Leaders in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $61K to $124K per year and averages out to $84K annually. Total incomes of IT Project Leaders incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $16K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $61K and $124K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the particular employer. There are far more male IT Project Leaders survey respondents than women, making up 81 percent. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Project Leaders. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$60,490 - $114,355
(Median)
$60K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,558
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50%
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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There are some IT Project Leaders — though it's uncommon — that transition into Software Development Managers, where earnings are an average $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 Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT


The pay scale is far from balanced at Cerner Corporation. While salaries on one end can reach $119K, the company's median pay sits at $73K, the lowest in the field.

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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Visual Basic. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $72K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $80K. IT Project Leaders see a median salary of $96K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $102K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $86,122

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for IT Project Leaders, 18 percent higher than 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). IT Project Leaders' salaries are heavily influenced by location — IT Project Leaders in Pittsburgh bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. 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
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$86,000

C#
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 4%


Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 8%

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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