Compared to the national salary average for IT Senior Project Managers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Accenture enjoy much larger paychecks — $174K on average versus $110K per year. Other big spenders include EMC Corporation, Capital One Financial Corp, and General Motors Corporation, top-paying firms where IT Senior Project Managers see paychecks nearing $142K, $125K, or $121K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,760 - $140,051
(Median)
$83K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $110,454
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$47.99 - $95.95
(Median)
$48
$64
$96
MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$82,760 - $140,051  
   
Bonus
$1,033 - $20,337  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,040  
Commission
$1,250  
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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$86,294 - $155,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,677
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$47.99 - $95.95  
   
Overtime
$44.46 - $98.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,033 - $20,337  
   
Commission
$1,250  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,040  
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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$86,294 - $155,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 527
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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.

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At the upper end, IT Senior Project Managers who move into an IT Senior Program Manager role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $134K per year. Many IT Senior Project Managers advance into roles as IT Program Managers or Information Technology Directors, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Project Manager, IT


IT Senior Project Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in IT Consulting, Program Management, Software Development Lifecycle, and IT Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Project Management also know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The relatively untested earn a median of $93K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $108K. IT Senior Project Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $120K. IT Senior Project Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $117,290

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for IT Senior Project Managers, 19 percent higher than the national average. IT Senior Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tampa (5 percent less) and Phoenix (3 percent less).

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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
$117,000



Skills That Affect Senior Project Manager, IT Salaries


Program Management
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Agile Software Development
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Software Development Lifecycle
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IT Management
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Leadership
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Strategic Project Management
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Requirements Analysis
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Project Management
0%

Agile
0%

Risk Management / Risk Control
0%

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
0%

National Average
$117,000

Microsoft Project
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Business Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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