Project Leader, IT Salary (United States)

About one-half of IT Project Leaders in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $57,605 to $115,445 per year, but standard earnings come to around $81,862 annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all employees enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all IT Project Leaders. Most IT Project Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$57,279 - $108,315
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MEDIAN: $79,540
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Project Leader, IT Salary (?
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$19.00 - $58.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,279 - $108,315  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,990  
Profit Sharing
$756 - $10,067  
Total Pay (?
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$57,605 - $115,445  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 557
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $58.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $67.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$756 - $10,067  
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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$57,605 - $115,445  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 not the most common occurrence, IT Project Leaders who become Software Development Managers earn an extra $30K per year. IT Project Leaders can earn $3,697 or $28K more per year when they move into roles as IT Project Managers or Senior IT Project Managers, a common transition for those in the field.

Project Leader, IT Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Leader, IT

Cerner Corporation offers the best pay with a median salary of $70,496, though salaries there max out at $107K. Syntel, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $64,000—not to mention workers can only make as much as $100K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Project Leader, IT

IT Project Leaders seem to exploit a large range 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 of 11 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, Mainframe, and Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Project Management and Microsoft SQL Server. It is often found that people who know SQL are also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Leader, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries can reach $77K from $68K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $100K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and IT Project Leaders who have made it this far report earning around $100K per year. IT Project Leaders with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Houston
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$82,000
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For IT Project Leaders, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. IT Project Leaders will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for IT Project Leaders is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (-12 percent) and Kansas City (-10 percent).

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Experience Affects Project Leader, IT Salaries

National Average
$82,000
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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$82,000
SQL
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UNIX
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Mainframe
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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