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Team Leader, IT Salary (United States)

IT Team Leaders in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little over a half of IT Team Leaders. Salaries average out to around $81K annually and spread from $46K to $122K per year. In the world of IT Team Leaders, overall income ranges from $46K near the bottom to $122K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $16K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the vast majority of IT Team Leaders (86 percent). Work is enjoyable for IT Team Leaders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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  
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 (?
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 - $14,094  
   
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  
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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IT Team Leaders who transition into an upper level VP of Information Technology role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $140K per year. More often than not, 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

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 , Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking, and Windows Operating System General Use. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed 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.
Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. 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 $77K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $93K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $99K. The largest share 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

Houston
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Philadelphia
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Boston
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Atlanta
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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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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For IT Team Leaders, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 10 percent below the national average.

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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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 131 votes.

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%