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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an executive project manager. For example, did you know that they make an average of $46.83 an hour? That's $97,397 a year!

What Does an Executive Project Manager Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an executive project manager, we found that a lot of resumes listed 35.4% of executive project managers included project management, while 6.7% of resumes included executive management, and 6.4% of resumes included procedures. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the executive project manager job title. But what industry to start with? Most executive project managers actually find jobs in the technology and construction industries.

How To Become an Executive Project Manager

If you're interested in becoming an executive project manager, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 51.6% of executive project managers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 26.1% of executive project managers have master's degrees. Even though most executive project managers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an executive project manager. When we researched the most common majors for an executive project manager, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on executive project manager resumes include associate degree degrees or diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an executive project manager. In fact, many executive project manager jobs require experience in a role such as project manager. Meanwhile, many executive project managers also have previous career experience in roles such as senior project manager or manager.

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Average Salary$97,397

Executive Project Manager Career Paths

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Average Salary for an Executive Project Manager

Executive Project Managers in America make an average salary of $97,397 per year or $47 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $139,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $68,000 per year.
Average Salary
$97,397

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Seattle, WA
Salary Range105k - 180k$138k$138,041
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range100k - 176k$133k$133,228
Jersey City, NJ
Salary Range77k - 141k$105k$105,124
New York, NY
Salary Range75k - 137k$102k$102,140
Saint Louis, MO
Salary Range61k - 105k$80k$80,246
Tampa, FL
Salary Range51k - 89k$68k$67,562
$38k
$180k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Project Manager-Application-Executive
Project Manager-Application-Executive
Randstad
Randstad
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$130,95901/29/2021
$130,959
Executive Project Manager
Executive Project Manager
Randstad
Randstad
01/21/2020
01/21/2020
$141,39401/21/2020
$141,394
Executive Project Manager
Executive Project Manager
Ohio State University
Ohio State University
09/22/2019
09/22/2019
$125,00009/22/2019
$125,000
Executive Project Manager
Executive Project Manager
Disabilitycrossing
Disabilitycrossing
06/10/2019
06/10/2019
$100,00006/10/2019
$100,000
Project Manager III-Jcsda Executive Officer
Project Manager III-Jcsda Executive Officer
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
12/20/2018
12/20/2018
$123,00012/20/2018
$123,000
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Executive Project Manager Demographics

Gender

male

56.6 %

female

38.7 %

unknown

4.7 %

Ethnicity

White

70.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

11.4 %

Asian

8.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.4 %

French

15.6 %

German

6.5 %
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Executive Project Manager Education

Majors

Business
34.0 %

Degrees

Bachelors

51.6 %

Masters

26.1 %

Certificate

6.5 %

Top Colleges for Executive Project Managers

1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

2. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Boston University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

5. Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA • Public

In-State Tuition
$18,454
Enrollment
40,108

6. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

7. University of Washington

Seattle, WA • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,207
Enrollment
30,905

8. University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$10,610
Enrollment
40,329

9. New York University

New York, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

10. University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, MD • Public

In-State Tuition
$10,595
Enrollment
30,184
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Best States For an Executive Project Manager

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as an executive project manager. The best states for people in this position are Alaska, Washington, California, and Maryland. Executive project managers make the most in Alaska with an average salary of $157,711. Whereas in Washington and California, they would average $133,243 and $121,681, respectively. While executive project managers would only make an average of $108,429 in Maryland, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Washington

Total Executive Project Manager Jobs:
2,468
Highest 10% Earn:
$211,000
Location Quotient:
1.75
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. California

Total Executive Project Manager Jobs:
8,037
Highest 10% Earn:
$200,000
Location Quotient:
1.29
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Connecticut

Total Executive Project Manager Jobs:
701
Highest 10% Earn:
$181,000
Location Quotient:
1.15
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Executive Project Manager Employers

1. IBM
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$102,118
Executive Project Managers Hired: 
91+
2. United States Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$103,858
Executive Project Managers Hired: 
11+
3. AT&T
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$114,356
Executive Project Managers Hired: 
11+
4. PROS
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$135,779
Executive Project Managers Hired: 
5+
5. Bank of America
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$112,369
Executive Project Managers Hired: 
4+
6. Industrial Control
3.4
Avg. Salary: 
$109,686
Executive Project Managers Hired: 
4+

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Updated October 2, 2020