Program Director, Healthcare Salary

With approximately three in five of Healthcare Program Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $123K per year and averages out to $76K per year. Cash earnings for Healthcare Program Directors — including $15K in bonuses and $25K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $41K to $123K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Healthcare Program Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's 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 (?
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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.

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For Healthcare Program Directors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Healthcare Program Directors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Executive Director. Healthcare Program Directors most frequently become Clinical Services Directors and Non-Profit Executive Directors even though median compensation is $4K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Program Director, Healthcare


Healthcare Program Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. 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.


For Healthcare Program Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $81K. Healthcare Program Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $87K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $74,474

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

Relative to Healthcare Program Directors in the rest of the country, Healthcare Program Directors to the east in Washington, Boston, and Philadelphia see salaries beyond the national average. Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Austin and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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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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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