Approximately three-fifths of Healthcare Program Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $43K to $134K per year, but median earnings come to around $79K annually. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Healthcare Program Directors spread between $43K and $134K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Healthcare Program Directors making up 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Healthcare Program Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,209 - $134,899
(Median)
$46K
$79K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,411
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$14.56 - $47.38
(Median)
$15
$27
$47
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,209 - $134,899  
   
Bonus
$294.79 - $15,439  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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).
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$43,147 - $134,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.56 - $47.38  
   
Overtime
$0.07 - $74.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$294.79 - $15,439  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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).
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$43,147 - $134,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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Job Description for Program Director, Healthcare

Hospitals and surgical facilities are often large institutions with many specialties working together to ensure overall patient health. The healthcare program director acts as a sort of department manager, supervising a significant portion of the hospital's operations, coordinating the activities of individuals working within those departments, and cooperating with other departments to accomplish tasks that require collaboration. The program manager may directly supervise employees or delegate these duties to lower-level supervisors. Some program managers oversee certain operational aspects (such as managing personnel or patient records systems) instead of specific departments.

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Program Director, Healthcare Tasks

  • Train, oversee, and coordinate program staff and communicate with external contacts.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations and update required licenses.
  • Provide administrative supervision and case management.

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Many Healthcare Program Directors move into an Executive Director role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Executive Directors on average bring in a similar salary to Healthcare Program Directors. Many Healthcare Program Directors choose to become Clinical Services Directors and Non-Profit Executive Directors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $7K less and $18K less, respectively.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Anthem offers the most; Healthcare Program Directors earn $115K on average there.

Popular Skills for Program Director, Healthcare


Survey results show that Healthcare Program Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Budget Management, Grant Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those educated in Operations Management tend to be well versed in Budget Management and Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Director, Healthcare

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $61K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $73K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Healthcare Program Directors make $83K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $77,895

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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Healthcare Program Directors, 44 percent above the national average. Healthcare Program Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+41 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Philadelphia (+21 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix.

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Experience Affects Program Director, Healthcare Salaries



National Average
$78,000



Skills That Affect Program Director, Healthcare Salaries



Grant Management
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Program Management
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National Average
$78,000

Clinical Supervision
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Grant Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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