Team Leader, IT Salary (United States)

With more than half of IT Team Leaders in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, the field is heavily weighted towards experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $46,221 to $121,675 per year and averages out to $80,137 per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing—peaking near $14,094 and $15,878, respectively—total cash payment can bottom out near $51,149 or peak near $113,347. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and a majority collecting vision insurance. In this field, men are more common than women; 86 percent of IT Team Leaders are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Team Leader, IT Salary (?
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$51,149 - $113,347
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MEDIAN: $81,371
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Team Leader, IT Salary (?
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$8.67 - $40.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,149 - $113,347  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,094  
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $15,878  
Total Pay (?
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$46,221 - $121,675  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $40.32  
   
Overtime
$8.59 - $49.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,094  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,030 - $15,878  
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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$46,221 - $121,675  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for IT Team Leaders. At the upper end, those who move into a VP of Information Technology role can bring in an extra $60K per year. The most common promotion for IT Team Leaders, an IT Project Manager position brings in an extra $5,423 annually. Another standard transition for IT Team Leaders seeking advancement is to assume an Information Technology (IT) Manager role, where pay often drops by $4,420.

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Popular Skills for Team Leader, IT

IT Team Leaders report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Oracle, C++, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 19 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server (IIS), Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled in SQL and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Team Leader, IT

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
IT Team Leaders with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $57K range but grow to $77K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $100K. As IT Team Leaders reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $100K. IT Team Leaders with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Boston
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New York
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St. Louis
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Chicago
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Dallas
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National Average
$80,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for IT Team Leaders, 39 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, and New York, top-paying markets where IT Team Leaders rake in more than the national norm (+30 percent, +24 percent, +23 percent, and +21 percent). Detroit is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent.

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Experience Affects Team Leader, IT Salaries

National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Team Leader, IT Salaries

Oracle
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C++
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Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
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SQL
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C
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UNIX
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Java
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Linux
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Microsoft SQL Server
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HTML
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National Average
$80,000
Microsoft Office
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Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%
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