Program Management Director Salary

Nearly three in five of Program Management Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $37K to $165K per year, but median earnings come to around $77K annually. In the world of Program Management Directors, overall income ranges from $37K near the bottom to $165K at the top; this can include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Program Management Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$39,200 - $150,467

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$11.96 - $39.27

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,200 - $150,467  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,656  
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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$37,475 - $165,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 885
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $39.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.75  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,656  
   
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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$37,475 - $165,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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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There are some Program Management Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Program Management, where earnings are an average $137K annually. Many Program Management Directors go on to become Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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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, 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management. The majority of those who know People Management also know 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 $65K. Program Management Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $94K. Program Management Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


Program Management Directors will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 60 percent. Program Management Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+51 percent), Atlanta (+49 percent), San Francisco (+42 percent), and Dallas (+42 percent). In Boston, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent 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





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 167 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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