Program Management Director Salary

With approximately three-fifths of Program Management Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Program Management Directors is $77K per year and can range from $37K on the lower end to $165K per year near the higher end. With some bonuses approaching $30K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Program Management Directors spread between $37K and $165K depending on individual performance. Career length 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. The majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are female. Most Program Management Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,080 - $150,960
(Median)
$39K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $77,104
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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
$39,080 - $150,960  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,747  
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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$37,166 - $165,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 882
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,747  
   
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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$37,166 - $165,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 it's uncommon, some Program Management Directors move into roles as Directors of Program Management, where pay is an average $140K per year. 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 generally report applying a varied skill set 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 25 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Program Management Directors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $48K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $64K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. 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 $118K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Program Management Directors, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Program Management Directors will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+58 percent), Austin (+58 percent), Los Angeles (+51 percent), and Atlanta (+50 percent). Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent.

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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 174 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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