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Project Leader, IT Salary

IT Project Leaders in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just over a half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $59K to $119K per year, median earnings come to $82K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to IT Project Leaders can bottom out near $59K or peak near $119K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most IT Project Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$59,111 - $110,958
(Median)
$59K
$82K
$110K
MEDIAN: $81,794
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50%
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
$59,111 - $110,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,065  
Profit Sharing
$981 - $9,744  
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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$59,439 - $118,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 513
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,065  
   
Profit Sharing
$981 - $9,744  
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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$59,439 - $118,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 $112K per year. IT Project Leaders most often move into positions as Information Technology Project Managers or IT Senior Project Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $1K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Cerner Corporation, where the median salary is just $72K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $120K.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT


IT Project Leaders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Oracle, Project Management, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Mainframe, and Internet Information Server. Those familiar with SQL tend to be well versed in Microsoft SQL Server and Project Management. Most people familiar with 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. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $70K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. IT Project Leaders who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $101K on average.

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$84,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Project Leader, IT Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 8%

Java
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

HTML
0%

C#
0%

National Average
$84,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 4%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 7%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 9%

Mainframe
up arrow 11%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%