Program Director, Healthcare Salary

About three-fifths of Healthcare Program Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $41K to $123K per year, and the average comes out to $76K per year. Overall cash earnings for Healthcare Program Directors stretch from $41K on the lower end to $123K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Healthcare Program Directors survey respondents are women (77 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,600 - $121,721
(Median)
$45K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,330
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$14.95 - $41.28
(Median)
$15
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,600 - $121,721  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,281  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,342  
Commission
$14,000  
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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$41,335 - $122,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 703
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $41.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,281  
   
Commission
$14,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,342  
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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$41,335 - $122,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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.

Common Career Paths for Program Director, Healthcare


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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. Healthcare Program Directors most often move into positions as Clinical Services Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors. Clinical Services Directors actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Non-Profit Executive Directors earn $15K less per year than Healthcare Program Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Program Director, Healthcare


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Operations Management, Program Management, and Grant Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Most people skilled in Operations Management are similarly competent 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Healthcare Program Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $60K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. On average, Healthcare Program Directors make $81K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,474

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

For Healthcare Program Directors, location is an influential factor in determining pay. American cities to the east — Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia — all offer salaries upward of the national average; in fact, these names represent the highest-paid cities for Healthcare Program Directors in the country. With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Austin and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Director, Healthcare Salaries



National Average
$74,000



Skills That Affect Program Director, Healthcare Salaries



Program Management
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Grant Management
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Grant Writing
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National Average
$74,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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