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Team Leader, IT Salary

IT Team Leaders in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent over one-half of IT Team Leaders. Salaries average out to around $82K annually and spread from $46K to $121K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $16K, overall incomes of IT Team Leaders spread between $46K and $121K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. IT Team Leaders who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. Job satisfaction for IT Team Leaders is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,351 - $115,058
(Median)
$52K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $81,626
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50%
90%

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$8.72 - $40.13
(Median)
$8
$20
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$52,351 - $115,058  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,593  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $15,521  
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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$45,582 - $121,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 539
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $40.13  
   
Overtime
$8.59 - $50.82  
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 - $14,593  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $15,521  
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).
)
$45,582 - $121,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Team Leader, IT

The IT team leader (commonly called "team lead") is responsible for providing leadership in all aspects of a project or task including but not limited to its technical, administrative and operational needs. The IT team leader manages a team of IT personnel in task scheduling and status report preparation. He or she is also responsible for overseeing problem escalation. The IT team leader collaborates with stakeholders to resolve project issues, manages resource allocation and executes technical strategies with the ultimate goal of increasing project efficiency. The minimum educational requirement for this job is a bachelor's degree in a technical or business field or an equivalent combination of education, work and/or training experience. A minimum of 5 to 8 years of work experience as a senior staff member in a similar project is also required. Strong technical know-how is also a must. The personality characteristics looked for in this position are leadership and organizational skills, great attention to detail, and high tolerance for stress. The IT team leader is usually hired by a project or program manager to whom he or she also reports. In the same manner, a project team consisting of varied technical people such business or systems analysts, application developers, QA testers, and/or documentation specialists reports directly to him or her. The IT team leader works in an office in his company's location. Although he or she is supposed to keep regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the IT team leader oftentimes is required to stay late to attend to critical project issues. He or she may also be required to attend meetings. Many organizations hire IT team leaders, especially those that are involved in contracting work or consultancy.


Team Leader, IT Tasks

  • Execute technical strategies to increase efficiency and service.
  • Interface with other departments to resolve complex or emergent operational problems.
  • Supervise IT personnel in scheduling and completing tasks and status reports, assisting with problem escalation.
  • Manage resource allocation to scope and estimate user requests by determining their impact and costs.

Common Career Paths for Team Leader, IT


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As IT Team Leaders transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Information Technology, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Information Technology earn $142K on average per year. As IT Team Leaders progress in their field, many go on to become Information Technology Project Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $86K per year. Another common career choice for IT Team Leaders is to move into an Information Technology Manager role. Typically, Information Technology Managers get paid $76K.

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Popular Skills for Team Leader, IT


IT Team Leaders seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Oracle, Microsoft Active Server Pages, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Internet Information Server, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Project Management and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Team Leader, IT

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


For many IT Team Leaders, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $57K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $76K. For IT Team Leaders, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $93K. IT Team 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 $99K on average.

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Experience Affects Team Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Team Leader, IT Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 19%

C++
up arrow 19%


Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 16%

SQL
up arrow 13%

Linux
up arrow 13%

UNIX
up arrow 11%

Java
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 2%

National Average
$80,000

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 2%


C#
up arrow 10%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 14%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%