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Team Leader, IT Salary

IT Team Leaders in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $82K annually, but may range from $45K to $122K per year. Cash earnings of IT Team Leaders can occasionally include $15K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $45K to almost $122K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of IT Team Leaders claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of IT Team Leaders (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$52,503 - $115,625
(Median)
$53K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,460
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$8.79 - $39.57
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,503 - $115,625  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,749  
Profit Sharing
$961 - $15,419  
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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$45,488 - $121,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $39.57  
   
Overtime
$8.28 - $49.70  
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 - $14,749  
   
Profit Sharing
$961 - $15,419  
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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$45,488 - $121,508  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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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IT Team Leaders' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Information Technology. The average VP of Information Technology brings home $142K per year. More often than not, an Information Technology Project Manager role is the next step for IT Team Leaders moving up in the field. Information Technology Project Managers usually make $86K per year. Many other IT Team Leaders choose to take on an Information Technology Manager role, where salaries are typically $76K.

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Popular Skills for Team Leader, IT


IT Team Leaders report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in C++, Oracle, Project Management, and Microsoft Active Server Pages are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Internet Information Server, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $57K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $76K. IT Team Leaders bring in $93K after working for 10 to 20 years. IT Team Leaders 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 $98K.

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Experience Affects Team Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$81,000



Skills That Affect Team Leader, IT Salaries

Oracle
up arrow 18%

C++
up arrow 18%


Linux
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 15%

SQL
up arrow 12%

UNIX
up arrow 10%

Java
up arrow 5%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

National Average
$81,000

C#
up arrow 7%



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 132 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 9%
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