Applications Systems and Program Manager Salary
Wages for Applications Systems and Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Applications Systems and Program Managers stretch from $58K on the lower end to $144K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $18K from bonuses and $49K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Applications Systems and Program Managers (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Applications systems and program managers must find and resolve any quality issues in the application systems, as well as track, identify, and mitigate system or component failures as they arise. One of their main duties include coaching new staff and participating in technical trainings for applications systems. In addition, they monitor compliance with the organization's information security policies and procedures to increase safety and privacy controls. Applications systems and program managers are responsible for providing information to other relevant departments for the technology planning process. They supervise and mentor technical staff as well.
A bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field is required for this position. Previous experience - including in a managerial capacity - is generally needed as well. Industry and leadership certifications may be beneficial. Applications systems and program managers need to have strong analytical, communication, and multitasking skills. They should work well in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision.
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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Popular Skills for Applications Systems and Program Manager
Survey results show that Applications Systems and Program Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Office, SQL, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and SQL.
Pay by Experience Level for Applications Systems and Program Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Applications Systems and Program Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $74K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $99K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $108K. Applications Systems and Program Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $116K.