Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Program Management Directors. Pay fluctuates from $38K to $171K per year, but expected earnings average $80K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Program Management Directors can bottom out near $38K or peak near $171K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Program Management Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,495 - $153,784
(Median)
$39K
$80K
$150K
MEDIAN: $80,228
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$12.43 - $51.28
(Median)
$12
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$51
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$39,495 - $153,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,434  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $15,131  
Commission
$7,500  
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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$37,521 - $170,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 848
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.43 - $51.28  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $73.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,434  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $15,131  
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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$37,521 - $170,887  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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While Program Management Directors do not often become Directors of Program Management, the job pays $139K per year on average. A lot of Program Management Directors advance their careers by becoming Executive Directors and Non-Profit Executive Directors. However, those positions offer $4K less and $19K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Survey results imply that Program Management Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Project Management, Program Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 19 percent. Training Program Development, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Most people experienced in 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.


Program Management Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $67K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $94K. 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 $123K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,537

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Program Management Directors, Atlanta offers exceptional salaries, 54 percent above the national average. Program Management Directors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+54 percent), Austin (+52 percent), Los Angeles (+46 percent), and Boston (+41 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Baltimore is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$79,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries




Budget Management
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National Average
$79,000

Operations Management
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People Management
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Training Program Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 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
36%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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