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Team Leader, IT Salary

With a little 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 $82K annually and can range from $45K on the lower end to $122K per year near the higher end. The range in cash compensation to IT Team Leaders ($45K to $122K) includes potential earnings of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of IT Team Leaders (86 percent) who took the survey. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$52,225 - $115,964
(Median)
$52K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,159
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$8.77 - $39.71
(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
$52,225 - $115,964  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,785  
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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$45,291 - $121,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 545
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.
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $39.71  
   
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 - $14,785  
   
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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$45,291 - $121,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Information Technology. The latter position pays an average of $142K annually. With an annual salary of $86K, Information Technology Project Manager is the most common role for IT Team Leaders to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Information Technology Manager role — which usually pays $76K — is also typical for IT Team Leaders, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Team Leader, IT


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internet Information Server, Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $99K.

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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%


Linux
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP)
up arrow 15%

SQL
up arrow 13%

UNIX
up arrow 10%

Java
up arrow 4%

HTML
up arrow 2%

Microsoft SQL Server
0%

National Average
$80,000


C#
up arrow 8%


Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 14%

Internet Information Server (IIS)
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
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: 62% employee benefits None: 9%
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