Senior Project Manager, IT Salary

Salaries for IT Senior Project Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($107K) per year. Final cash compensation to IT Senior Project Managers varies from around $84K to approximately $152K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $20K and $14K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though years of experience and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. IT Senior Project Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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 transition into a Chief Information Officer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $145K per year. IT Senior Project Managers most often move into positions as IT Program Managers or Information Technology Directors. IT Program Managers actually earn $2K less on average, however, and Information Technology Directors earn $12K less per year than IT Senior Project Managers do.

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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of IT Senior Project Managers. 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. Accenture, Bank of America Corp. (BOFA), and EMC Corporation are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with IT Senior Project Managers earning around $154K, $136K, or $133K at each firm, respectively.

Pay for IT Senior Project Managers is the lowest at Hewlett-Packard Company, which has a median salary of $102K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $137K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp at $107K, AT&T Inc. at $107K, and InfoSys Limited, where $109K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, IT


IT Senior Project Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Program Management, IT Consulting, Strategic Project Management, and Agile are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Software Development Lifecycle also know Agile. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in Leadership, IT Management, and Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Project Manager, IT

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


For IT Senior Project Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $91K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $106K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $117K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $122K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $114,387

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

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). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Minneapolis and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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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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