What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »
Browse Categories

Team Leader, IT Salary

IT Team Leaders in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $81K per year, but may range from $46K to $121K per year. Total cash compensation to IT Team Leaders approaches anywhere from $46K on the lower end to $121K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $14K from bonuses and upwards of $16K from profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for IT Team Leaders is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of IT Team Leaders are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$51,543 - $114,447
(Median)
52K
66K
81K
98K
110K
MEDIAN: $81,460
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$8.81 - $37.62
(Median)
8
12
20
27
38
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,543 - $114,447  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,094  
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $15,642  
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).
)
$45,515 - $121,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 519
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.81 - $37.62  
   
Overtime
$8.56 - $49.81  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,094  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.99 - $15,642  
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).
)
$45,515 - $121,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
United States (change)

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


IT Team Leaders who transition into an upper level VP of Information Technology role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $141K per year. Becoming an Information Technology Project Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that IT Team Leaders move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $86K. Another frequent advance is for IT Team Leaders to assume an Information Technology Manager role; in this role, workers often earn $76K.

Team Leader, IT Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Team Leader, IT


IT Team Leaders seem to wield many 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 16 percent and 20 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 familiar with Microsoft Office also know 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.


For many IT Team Leaders, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. IT Team Leaders see a median salary of $91K after reaching one to two decades on the job. IT Team Leaders with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $97K.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Team Leader, IT Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Team Leader, IT Salaries

C++
up arrow 20%

Oracle
up arrow 19%


Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 16%

SQL
up arrow 15%

C
up arrow 14%

Linux
up arrow 12%

UNIX
up arrow 11%

HTML
up arrow 5%

Java
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$80,000



Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 12%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%