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Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and nearly three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $76K per year, but may range from $37K to $168K per year. Total cash compensation for Program Management Directors runs from $37K to $168K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $30K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Program Management Directors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Most Program Management Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$39,061 - $151,902
(Median)
39K
76K
120K
150K
MEDIAN: $75,637
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$11.63 - $40.75
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,061 - $151,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,076  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $15,205  
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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$36,865 - $167,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 884
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $40.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,076  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,002 - $15,205  
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).
)
$36,865 - $167,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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 who transition into an upper level Director of Program Management role may receive a large increase in pay as the position pays an average $138K per year. Becoming an Executive Director or an Non-Profit Executive Director is a common transition from a Program Management Director role.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Survey results show that Program Management Directors use a fair number of skills. Lucky workers who know Customer Relationship Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Project Management and Program Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 8 percent and 26 percent. Operations Management and People Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people skilled in People Management are similarly competent in 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. 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 $120K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Program Management Directors, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Program Management Directors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+67 percent), Seattle (+63 percent), Philadelphia (+51 percent), and Los Angeles (+51 percent). Program Management Directors in Cincinnati make 26 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and New York (13 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$74,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries




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$74,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
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%