Program Management Director Salary

Program Management Directors in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $125K per year on average. In the world of Program Management Directors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $33K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $48K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $49K and $197K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Program Management Directors are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect vision insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,589 - $172,980
$53K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $125,208
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$9.07 - $148.99
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$150
MEDIAN: $23.50
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$0$196K
Salary $52,589 - $172,980
Bonus $1,944 - $33,332
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $48,479
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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$49,249 - $196,717
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 161
Hourly Data $0$148
Hourly Rate $9.07 - $148.99
Overtime $37.00
Annual Data $0$196K
Bonus $1,944 - $33,332
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $48,479
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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$49,249 - $196,717
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

  • Communicate between product and technology groups to ensure the program creates high quality products.
  • Oversee a team of project managers to create products.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Program Management Director


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As Program Management Directors make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Director of Program Management position pays around the same amount as the Program Management Director job on average. A lot of Program Management Directors advance their careers by becoming Executive Directors and Non-Profit Executive Directors. However, those positions offer $57K less and $72K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Program Management Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Those listing Training Program Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know People Management also know Project Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Management Director

Pay by Experience for a Program Management Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Management Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 45 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Management Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Program Management Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 110 salaries. A Program Management Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $151,000 based on 57 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $131,711

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Program Management Directors will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Program Management Directors in Cincinnati report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 58 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Baltimore and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (51 percent less).

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Key Stats for Program Management Director

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries

▲15%

National Average
$132,000

▼1%

▼39%

▼59%

Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲24%


National Average
$132,000





Training Program Development
▼57%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 6%
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