Team Leader, IT Salary (United States)

With just over a half of IT Team Leaders in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for IT Team Leaders is $80,137 annually and can range from $46,221 on the lower end to $121,675 per year near the higher end. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of IT Team Leaders (86 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. 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 (?
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: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
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. An IT Project Manager role is the most common promotion for IT Team Leaders moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $5,423 annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for IT Team Leaders is an Information Technology Manager position, where earnings actually go down by $4,420.

Team Leader, IT Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Team Leader, IT

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Internet Information Server (IIS), Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people experienced in 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $57K; however, pay rises to approximately $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $100K. Salaries grow more slowly as IT Team Leaders approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $100K. The largest number of IT Team Leaders have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$80,000
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For those looking to make money, IT Team Leaders in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. IT Team Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+30 percent), Boston (+24 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), and New York (+21 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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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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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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