Senior Project Manager, IT Salary

Average pay for IT Senior Project Managers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($107K). In the world of IT Senior Project Managers, overall cash earnings stretch from $84K near the bottom to $152K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $20K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $14K, along with commissions approaching $20K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but tenure and location are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for IT Senior Project Managers is high. More than half of IT Senior Project Managers (66 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$81,220 - $136,019
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$81K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $106,915
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$47.71 - $92.93
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MEDIAN: $63.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$81,220 - $136,019  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,976  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $14,349  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
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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$84,448 - $152,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,574
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$47.71 - $92.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $103.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,976  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,727  
Profit Sharing
$972 - $14,349  
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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$84,448 - $152,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 727
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Job Description for Senior Project Manager, IT

Senior project managers must be well organized, extremely responsible, and capable of working with a wide variety of other people. Senior IT project managers work in a fast paced and frequently changing industry, and must work very hard to keep up with the responsibilities they are tasked with. They must also be proficient at working with a number of technologies and at keeping up with the ever changing field of information technology. They must also be educated, generally holding at least a bachelor's degree in an IT related field.

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Senior Project Manager, IT Tasks

  • Develop a detailed project plan with identified critical path tasks.
  • Record detailed customer requirements, constraints and assumptions with stakeholders in order to establish the project deliverables.
  • Measure project performance.
  • Conduct meetings with all key stakeholders in order to announce the start of the project and review the overall project plan.
  • Create, track and forecast changes in project budgets.

Common Career Paths for Senior Project Manager, IT


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IT Senior Project Managers who go on to become Chief Information Officers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Chief Information Officers is $145K annually. IT Senior Project Managers most frequently advance into IT Program Manager and Information Technology Director roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $12K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Project Manager, IT


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, InfoSys Limited, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC), and Hewlett-Packard Company are top-notch employers for IT Senior Project Managers in this area. Although Capgemini heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $163K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $77K to $203K. IT Senior Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Accenture ($154K), Bank of America Corp. (BOFA) ($136K), and EMC Corporation ($133K).

With a median salary of $102K, Hewlett-Packard Company provides IT Senior Project Managers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $137K, limiting employee salary growth. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, AT&T Inc. and InfoSys Limited are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $107K, $107K, and $109K.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, IT


IT Senior Project Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Management, IT Consulting, Strategic Project Management, and Agile are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Leadership, IT Management, and Agile. Most people skilled in Software Development Lifecycle are similarly competent in Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for IT Senior Project Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $91K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $106K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $117K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $122K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $114,387

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For IT Senior Project Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. IT Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Dallas (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Senior Project Manager, IT Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Project Manager, IT?

Senior Project Manager, IT in 53066:
"Entrepreneurial and exciting opportunities to assist others."
Pros: Ability to assist others in bringing their ideas to realization. Coordinating efforts, being the change manager, facilitating difficult conversations and motivating people to be excited about their job. Ability to discover new capabilities, be an entrepreneur, and being a strategists.
Cons: It can involve a lot of documentation.

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Experience Affects Senior Project Manager, IT Salaries



National Average
$114,000



Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, IT Salaries



Agile
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Software Development Lifecycle
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Strategic Project Management
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Leadership
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Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Project Management
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IT Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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$114,000

Microsoft Project
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Business Analysis
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Requirements Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 938 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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