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Product Management Director Salary

Salaries for Product Management Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($130K) per year. Total incomes of Product Management Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $99K and $178K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Product Management Directors is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Male Product Management Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$93,071 - $161,048
MEDIAN: $130,236

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$93,071 - $161,048  
$4,887 - $29,807  
Profit Sharing
$2,043 - $19,620  
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).
$99,189 - $177,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,431

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Job Description for Product Management Director

A product management director typically oversees a product's development from concept or the planning phase until completion, focusing on the quality of the finished product and the efficiency of the production process. A product management director may be assigned to oversee existing products in their improvement process or maintenance of their existing standards.


Product Management Director Tasks

  • Evaluate financial aspects of product development.
  • This includes budgets, expenditures, research and development appropriations, returns-on-investment and profit-loss projections.
  • Oversee the creation of strategic plans to ensure the sale and profitability of new products, lines, and services.

Common Career Paths for Product Management Director

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Product Management Directors who move on to become VPs of Product Management may enjoy significant pay raises, as VPs of Product Management get paid an average of $177K per year. Product Management Directors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Product Management Directors or Marketing VPs. The median paychecks in those roles are $17K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Product Management Director

Survey results imply that Product Management Directors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Strategy, Product Management, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Project Management and Agile. Most people who know Business Strategy also know Product Marketing and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Management Director

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

Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $115K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $137K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $149K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $148K.

Pay Difference by Location

Product Management Directors in San Jose, Mountain View, and Palo Alto — the highest-paid cities for Product Management Directors in California and the United States — enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle with compensation above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Denver and 5 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Product Management Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Product Management Director Salaries

People Management
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Product Management
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Business Strategy
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Strategic Planning
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Production Management
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Program Management
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Strategic Marketing
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Product Development
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Product Marketing
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Requirements Analysis
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National Average

User Interface Design
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.


23 %
77 %

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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 3%