How Much Do IT Project Managers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

IT Project Managers

IT Project Managers plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$161730 per year
Hourly wage
$78 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$90,430 to $116,990 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$43 to $56 per hour

Entry-level Information Technology Project Managers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $90,430 to $116,990 per year or $43 to $56 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Information Technology Project Managers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $92 $191,470
Middle (Mid 50%) $73 $151,150
Junior (Bottom 25%) $56 $116,990
No experience (Bottom 10%) $43 $90,430

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $95 $198,210
NY $93 $193,180
NJ $92 $191,120
VA $85 $176,350
CO $84 $174,060
WA $84 $173,880
DC $83 $172,210
DE $82 $171,130
MA $80 $165,710
MD $76 $158,630

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Information Technology Project Manager is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid IT Project Managers are in the states of CA, NY, NJ, VA and CO.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Information Services $205510 $98.80
Other Investment Pools and Funds $199900 $96.10
Scientific Research and Development Services $192870 $92.73
Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media $191700 $92.16
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $190690 $91.68
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $188420 $90.59
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $187870 $90.32
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $183590 $88.26
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $180790 $86.92
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services $180490 $86.78
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $180490 $86.77
Software Publishers $180470 $86.76
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds $180210 $86.64
Legal Services $178060 $85.61
Motion Picture and Video Industries $174260 $83.78
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing $174250 $83.77
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $172870 $83.11
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $170780 $82.10
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $170080 $81.77
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $169840 $81.65
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $168830 $81.17
Natural Gas Distribution $168660 $81.09
Radio and Television Broadcasting $168620 $81.07
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $167980 $80.76
Sound Recording Industries $167870 $80.71
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $167370 $80.47
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $167240 $80.41
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $164520 $79.09
Telecommunications $164280 $78.98
Oil and Gas Extraction $164100 $78.89

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