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.

$59,935 - $135,770
MEDIAN: $100,103

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$59,935 - $135,770  
$972 - $18,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $49,493  
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).
$58,266 - $143,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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.


Applications Systems and Program Manager Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Applications Systems and Program Manager

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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 $77K.

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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.

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Experience Affects Applications Systems and Program Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Applications Systems and Program Manager Salaries

Project Management
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National Average

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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


37 %
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 6%