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Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about three-fifths of Program Management Directors. Pay fluctuates from $37K to $167K per year, but expected earnings average $77K per year. Cash earnings for Program Management Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing — stretch from around $37K to approximately $167K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Program Management Directors is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,279 - $151,374
(Median)
$39K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $77,094
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$11.86 - $38.96
(Median)
$12
$18
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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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
$39,279 - $151,374  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,902  
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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$37,317 - $166,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 892
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.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,902  
   
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).
)
$37,317 - $166,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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 some Program Management Directors move into positions like Director of Program Management (where the average salary is $139K), this progression is not the norm. 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


Program Management Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Operations Management. Those educated in People Management tend to be well versed 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Program Management Directors make a median salary of $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 $119K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Program Management Directors, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 65 percent above the national average. Program Management Directors will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+60 percent), Austin (+58 percent), Los Angeles (+48 percent), and Dallas (+42 percent). The lowest-paying market is Baltimore, which sits 16 percent below the national average.

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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 190 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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