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Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately three-fifths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $37K to $166K per year, median earnings come to $77K per year. Overall cash earnings for Program Management Directors stretch from $37K on the lower end to $166K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $18K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Program Management Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Program Management Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,288 - $151,348
(Median)
$39K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $77,000
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$11.86 - $38.96
(Median)
$12
$18
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$39,288 - $151,348  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,804  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $17,617  
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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$37,330 - $166,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 893
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $38.96  
   
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,804  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $17,617  
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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$37,330 - $166,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Program Management Directors sometimes become Directors of Program Management, where the average income is $139K per year. Many Program Management Directors choose to become Executive Directors and Non-Profit Executive Directors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $2K less and $16K less, respectively.

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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, Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 15 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management. Most people familiar with 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.


For many Program Management Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $48K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $65K. Program Management Directors see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $119K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 65 percent, Program Management Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Program Management Directors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+60 percent), Austin (+58 percent), Los Angeles (+51 percent), and Dallas (+42 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Boston, 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Baltimore and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$75,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries





National Average
$75,000

People Management
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
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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