Program Management Director Salary (United States)

Most Program Management Directors in the United States—about two-thirds—have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $36,302 to $167,940 per year, but standard earnings come to around $73,368 per year. With some bonuses approaching $30K and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $15,514, overall incomes in the Program Management Directors from $38,681 to $151,483 depending on individual performance. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Female Program Management Directors are more prevalent than men—64 percent of professionals in this field are women. The majority of Program Management Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's 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 (?
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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 enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Director of Program Management can offer an extra $64K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. As Program Management Directors progress in their field, many go on to become Executive Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay is raised by $1,474 per year. Another common career choice for Program Management Directors is to move into a Non-Profit Executive Director role—oddly enough, this promotion comes with a pay cut of $13,909.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director

Program Management Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Operations Management and People Management, on the other hand, are typically associated with much 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

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Experience is important when determining pay for Program Management Directors. Starting at around $47K, salaries see a boost to $63K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $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. Program Management Directors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$73,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Program Management Directors, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 79 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Austin, top-paying cities where Program Management Directors see paychecks higher than average (+65 percent, +53 percent, +53 percent, and +43 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Minneapolis Program Management Directors earning much less—29 percent less—than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Boston (-25 percent and -15 percent, respectively).

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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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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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