Applications Systems and Program Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Applications Systems and Program Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($96K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Applications Systems and Program Managers vary widely between $60K and $144K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $21K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. There are more male Applications Systems and Program Managers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 66 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$60,604 - $133,179
(Median)
$61K
$96K
$130K
MEDIAN: $96,026
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$11.15 - $98.63
(Median)
$11
$40
$99
MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,604 - $133,179  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,702  
Profit Sharing
$991 - $21,639  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$60,071 - $143,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $98.63  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,702  
   
Profit Sharing
$991 - $21,639  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$60,071 - $143,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Applications Systems and Program Manager

Applications systems and program managers are responsible for managing the development of programs and applications systems for their organization. They are in charge of planning requirements with internal and external clients and managing projects through their entire life cycle. Some of the applications systems and program manager's main responsibilities include managing project schedules, identifying risks, creating budgets, and ensuring effective communication among relevant teams. They also track engineering schedules and budgets, as well as allocate resources as needed.

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Applications Systems and Program Manager Tasks

  • Define resources and schedule for project/program implementation.
  • Define requirements and plan project lifecycle deployment.
  • Create strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning.
  • Run complex projects/programs from design and development to production.
  • Plans and schedule project deliverables, goals and milestones.

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Compensation may take a strong hit for Applications Systems and Program Managers who move to positions like Information Technology Manager. Information Technology Managers usually make $76K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Systems and Program Manager


Applications Systems and Program Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, SQL, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SQL Server are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Systems and Program Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Applications Systems and Program Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $75K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $98K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $106K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $110K.

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Experience Affects Applications Systems and Program Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$101,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Applications Systems and Program Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$101,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 74% employee benefits None: 7%
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