It's a Project Manager's World Newsletter with Dr. James Brown
      December, 2011 www.SebaSolutions.com Full Moon Edition      

Do you make more than the average PM? - Perspectives on the 2011 PMI Annual Salary Survey

PMI just released its annual salary survey.  It is a whopping 295 pages!  The entire report is available at www.pmi.org.

Some interesting facts from the report (in US Dollars):

  • The country with the highest annualized salary is Switzerland with a median salary of $160,409.  Australia was second with $139,497.  (The United States median salary was sixth highest at $105,000)
  • The country with the lowest median salary was China with $23,207.
  • The country with the highest salary for PM’s with 20+ years of experience was Switzerland at $201,996.
  • There is not much difference in salary between Director of PM/PMO and those PM’s with 20+ years of experience in most countries.  For example in the United States the director of PM/PMO median salary is $127,000 while a PM with 20+ years of experience median salary is $120,000.
  • 71 percent of respondents stated their salaries increased over the past 12 months.
  • The median salary across all factors is $92,000.

In conclusion… who knows what this all really means?

I don't know what it means.  However one thing I do know is that project management is a skill.  Regardless of certification status and years of experience project management is a unique skill that many project managers cannot apply at a high level of excellence. 

So if you have the ability to apply the skills of project management at a high level of excellence, please make sure you are getting paid very well... even if you have to move to Switzerland.  

Dr. James T. Brown, PMP PE, Author, The Handbook of Program Management - McGraw-Hill


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