Program Management Director Salary (United States)

With three in five of Program Management Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Program Management Directors is $73,368 per year and can range from $36,302 on the lower end to $167,940 per year near the higher end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by women, 64 percent of Program Management Directors are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Program Management Director Salary (?
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$38,681 - $151,483
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MEDIAN: $74,518
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Program Management Director Salary (?
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$11.00 - $41.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$38,681 - $151,483  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,044  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $15,514  
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
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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$36,302 - $167,940  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 838
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $41.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,044  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $15,514  
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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$36,302 - $167,940  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 54
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Job Description for Program Management Director

The primarily role that program management directors fill is providing leadership and oversight for the program or project managers within a company. As the programs that the managers lead have the potential for great diversity and varying scope, program management directors must be extremely flexible and adaptable with the amount of oversight and direction they provide.
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Program Management Director Tasks
  • Define and disseminate organization-wide program management tools, metrics, and standards.
  • Oversee testing, failure cases, documentation, and deployment to facilitate creation of the best products.
  • Communicate between product and technology groups to ensure the program creates high quality products.
  • Oversee a team of project managers to create products.

Common Career Paths for Program Management Director

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Program Management Directors may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Director of Program Management position may earn an additional $64K per year. Becoming an Executive Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Program Management Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career, and salaries hike up an additional $1,474. Another frequent advance is for Program Management Directors to assume a Non-Profit Executive Director role; in this role, workers often experience a pay cut of $13,909.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Operations Management and People Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in People Management indicates knowledge of Project Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Management Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many but not all Program Management Directors, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $47K to $63K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $100K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Program Management Directors at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $120K. The majority of Program Management Directors have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$73,000
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With a pay rate for Program Management Directors that is 79 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Austin are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Program Management Directors earning around 65 percent, 53 percent, 53 percent, and 43 percent more than average. Program Management Directors in Minneapolis make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati (-25 percent) and Boston (-15 percent).

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries

National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries

Budget Management
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$73,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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