Thursday, May 17, 2012

Six-figure salaries for project managers

According to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey, Seventh Edition, 71% of project managers saw an increase in their total compensation in 2011. 30,000 project management practitioners in 29 countries responded to the survey.

The average annual salary of project managers is reported to be 92,000 USD.

The 10 countries reporting the highest average salaries (in US dollars) are:

  • Switzerland, $160,409
  • Australia, $139,497
  • Germany, $110,347
  • Netherlands, $109,775
  • Belgium, $108,750
  • United States, $105,000
  • Ireland, $101,635
  • Canada, $98,517
  • United Kingdom, $96,384
  • New Zealand, $91,109

Project Management Professional (PMP)® certified professionals in U.S. earned an average of 16% more than non-certified professionals in 2011.

“These numbers are great news for project managers who are looking to expand their careers with new skills, individuals who may be interested in a career change and those who are coming out of school or military service and considering what job would best suit their future goals,” said Mark A. Langley, President and CEO of Project Management Institute. 

“There is a very real benefit for those with the experience and training to pursue certification. In today’s volatile economy, organizations are increasingly recognizing project management as a professional competency that provides distinct competitive advantages – and they are willing to pay for top project management talent.” he added.

The PMI Project Management Salary Survey, Seventh Edition is conducted by PMI’s market research team. Full report is available on