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Whether you are looking to move from a technical role into leadership or are vetting out an entirely new position, project management may be an ideal path. A significant factor in determining whether this is the right move, however, lies in the expected salary you could earn. As with any role, a number of factors will impact the salary you garner including where you are working, what experience you already have, relevant education/industry certifications and more.

Below are the salary facts you need to know when it comes to estimating what you could make as a project manager.

5 States With The Highest Mean Salary For Project Managers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for project managers in the U.S. is $77,420. The states with the highest mean annual wage include:

  1. District of Columbia: $105,730
  2. Maryland: $99,170
  3. Virginia: $97,570
  4. New York: $97,340
  5. Massachusetts: $96,960

Median Project Manager Salary Based On Years Experience

The PMI twelfth edition of Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, reports the following median salaries for each experience range of project managers within the United States.

  • Less than 3 years: $78,279
  • 3-5 years: $85,000
  • 5-10 years: $100,000
  • 10-15 years: $120,000
  • 15-20 years: $130,000
  • 20+ years: $138,000

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Average Salary By Project Management Certification

Nearly every industry needs project managers. As such, most project managers begin by earning a degree and then work within a technical role in their industry. As their experience grows, professionals may then move from their technical capability into a management role. To aid in this transition, some people pursue a project management certification and the experience theses credentials verify typically helps secure a higher median salary. Below are relevant project management certifications and their average salary, as estimated from Payscale.com:

  1. CompTIA Project+: $71,000
  2. PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): $67,000
  3. Certified Scrum Master: $102,000
  4. PMI Project Management Professional (PMP): $109,000
  5. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP): $111,000

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