Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $77K annually, but may range from $37K to $165K per year. Total cash earnings of Program Management Directors range from $37K on the low end to $165K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $15K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Program Management Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,136 - $150,534
(Median)
$39K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $77,293
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$11.86 - $38.96
(Median)
$12
$18
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,136 - $150,534  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,623  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $15,421  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,000  
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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$37,239 - $164,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 878
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $38.96  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.75  
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 - $29,623  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$995 - $15,421  
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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$37,239 - $164,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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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While Program Management Directors do not often become Directors of Program Management, the job pays $138K per year on average. Many Program Management Directors advance into roles as Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Survey results suggest that Program Management Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management, Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 14 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management. 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.


Program Management Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $48K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $64K. For Program Management Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $94K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Program Management Directors, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 60 percent above the national average. Program Management Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+58 percent), Austin (+57 percent), Los Angeles (+51 percent), and Atlanta (+49 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Baltimore is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$76,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries




Budget Management
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National Average
$76,000

People Management
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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