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Program Management Director Salary

With nearly three in five 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 annually and can range from $37K on the lower end to $168K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of Program Management Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $18K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $168K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Program Management Directors (63 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,307 - $152,863
(Median)
$39K
$77K
$150K
MEDIAN: $77,169
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$11.89 - $38.74
(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
$39,307 - $152,863  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $17,617  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,434  
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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$37,363 - $168,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 885
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $38.74  
   
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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,795  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $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).
)
$37,363 - $168,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Directors of Program Management. That role pays $139K per year on average. Program Management Directors most often advance into Executive Director and Non-Profit Executive Director positions even though 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 22 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Operations Management and People Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with People Management also tend to 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $48K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $65K. Program Management Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Program Management Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $119K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 74 percent, Program Management Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Program Management Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+60 percent), Los Angeles (+54 percent), Dallas (+41 percent), and Austin (+38 percent). Program Management Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Program Management Directors in Cincinnati bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boston and Baltimore (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$76,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries




Budget Management
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National Average
$76,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 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: 62% employee benefits None: 12%