IT Salary Tracker: Project Managers

Project managers, see how much demand there is for your skills, and find out what you can command for salaries and contract rates.

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Project managers, probably the highest paid nonexecutive IT pros, are in short supply wherever you look. That stands to reason, since a project manager should by definition have a solid background in new implementations and cannot therefore be trained for a job. Also, the generation of IT pros that has emerged since the beginning of e-commerce fever are by and large still too inexperienced to effectively lead new projects.

So if you're an experienced project manager, rejoice. You should never feel unwanted, at least for the foreseeable future, and this goes double if you live in New York. Not only does that city have 22% of all the unfilled positions for project managers listed on, but employers there also pay top dollar among metro areas. The average project manager's salary in New York is $99,000 per year and the average contract rate is $91 per hour. Other metro areas with strong wage offerings include Silicon Valley ($93,000 per year, $74 per hour), San Francisco ($91,000 per year, $76 per hour), and Chicago ($82,000 per year, $72 per hour).

Averages are based on 2,750 positions listed on, EarthWeb's online job board for IT professionals, with cities bearing fewer than 10 listings excluded from mention. Data came from available jobs listed during September 2000. Results are based on averages or totals from the following information: salary, job type, job skills, and location.

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Highest salary by city (average): New York, $99,000 per year

Highest contract rate by city (average): New York, $91 per hour

Most jobs per city: New York, 22% of total
Datamation/ IT Salary Tracker
Project managers: average salaries by city

Source: Datamation/ IT Salary Tracker/September 2000