Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just below two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $80K per year on average but can range from $38K to $171K per year. Total cash compensation to Program Management Directors bottoms out near $38K and approaches $171K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $30K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Career duration 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 the larger part. Most Program Management Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women make up the majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,495 - $153,784
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$39K
$80K
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MEDIAN: $80,228
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$12.43 - $51.28
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$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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Program Management Directors who advance into the role of a Director of Program Management are fairly uncommon. Directors of Program Management on average earn $139K per year. 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 $4K lower and $19K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Program Management Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Those proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $49K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $67K. Program Management Directors see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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.

Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Program Management Directors, 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). With compensation 18 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
$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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