Project Leader, IT Salary

Slightly more than half of IT Project Leaders in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $60K to $120K per year, but median earnings come to around $82K annually. Final cash compensation to IT Project Leaders varies from around $60K to approximately $120K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $6K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most IT Project Leaders. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,002 - $111,485
(Median)
$60K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $82,477
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90%

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$17.11 - $65.57
(Median)
$17
$41
$66
MEDIAN: $40
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,002 - $111,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,345  
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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$60,133 - $119,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 480
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,345  
   
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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$60,133 - $119,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Though some IT Project Leaders move into positions like Software Development Manager (where the average salary is $113K), this progression is not the norm. 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


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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java, Project Management, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Mainframe, Internet Information Server, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people experienced in 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.


For many IT Project Leaders, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $95K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $101K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 14%

Java
up arrow 11%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

C#
0%

National Average
$85,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 3%

HTML
up arrow 3%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%

.NET
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 10%

Mainframe
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
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: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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