Product Management Director Salary

Salaries for Product Management Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($133K) per year. Total cash compensation for Product Management Directors runs from $101K to $185K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $31K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Product Management Directors survey respondents are men (77 percent). Nearly all enjoy medical while almost all get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$95,162 - $167,938
MEDIAN: $132,919

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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.
$95,162 - $167,938  
$4,931 - $30,646  
Profit Sharing
$988 - $20,463  
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).
$101,039 - $184,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,732
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as VP of Product Management, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $178K per year. Product Management Directors typically move into roles as Senior Product Management Directors or Marketing VPs, and those positions pay $18K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Product Management Director

Product Management Directors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategy, Product Management, Business Strategy, and Production Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Business Analysis. Those proficient in Product Development are, more often than not, also skilled in Product Marketing and Leadership. For most people, competency in Business Strategy indicates knowledge of Leadership and Product Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Management Director

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

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Product Management Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Even the relatively untested can earn a lot; individuals who have been working for fewer than five years report a median six-figure salary of $117K per year. For Product Management Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $152K. Product Management Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $153K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $146,477

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

California is a land of opportunity for Product Management Directors. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, Palo Alto, and Mountain View all offering salaries above the national rate. The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers in Minneapolis and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Product Management Director Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Product Management Director Salaries

Business Strategy
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Product Management
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Production Management
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Strategic Planning
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Requirements Analysis
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Strategic Marketing
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Team Leadership
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Product Development

Product Marketing

Program Management


National Average

Business Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 280 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: 91%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 3%