Product Management Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Product Management Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $132K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Product Management Directors can bottom out near $101K or peak near $183K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. 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. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$94,588 - $166,217
MEDIAN: $132,115

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National Salary Data (?
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$94,588 - $166,217  
$4,916 - $30,381  
Profit Sharing
$1,917 - $20,373  
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).
$100,619 - $183,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,590
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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

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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 typically move into roles as Senior Product Management Directors or Marketing VPs, and those positions pay $18K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for

Survey results imply that Product Management Directors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategy, People Management, Product Management, and Business Strategy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Project Management. Those educated in Business Strategy tend to be well versed in Leadership and Product Marketing. Most people familiar with Product Development also know Product Marketing and Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For Product Management Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $119K per year. For Product Management Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $151K. Product Management Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

For Product Management Directors, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Jose, Mountain View, and Palo Alto offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Workers in Denver and Minneapolis earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 8 percent.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

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

Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.


22 %
78 %

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: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 3%