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Program Management Director Salary (United States)

Program Management Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and roughly three in five have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $75K annually, but may range from $36K to $168K per year. Overall cash earnings for Program Management Directors stretch from $36K on the lower end to $168K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $30K from bonuses and $16K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The greater part enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women make up the majority of Program Management Directors (64 percent). Work is enjoyable for Program Management Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Program Management Director Salary (?
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$38,681 - $151,483
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MEDIAN: $74,518
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Program Management Director Salary (?
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$11.00 - $41.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$38,681 - $151,483  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,044  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $15,514  
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
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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$36,302 - $167,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 838
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $41.24  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,044  
   
Commission
$2,000 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,174 - $15,514  
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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$36,302 - $167,940  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Compensation may increase greatly for Program Management Directors who advance to upper-end positions like Director of Program Management. Median pay for Director of Program Managements is $138K per year. Becoming an Executive Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Program Management Directors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $75K. Another frequent advance is for Program Management Directors to assume a Non-Profit Executive Director role; in this role, workers often earn $59K.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director

Program Management Directors seem to require a number of specific 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 33 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Operations Management and People Management, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people skilled in People Management are similarly competent 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.
For many Program Management Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $63K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $47K. Program Management Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $96K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $120K. Program Management Directors with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Philadelphia
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Austin
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Houston
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Denver
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National Average
$73,000
New York
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Baltimore
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Boston
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Cincinnati
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Program Management Directors will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 79 percent. Other big spenders include Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Austin, top-paying cities where Program Management Directors see paychecks higher than average (+65 percent, +53 percent, +53 percent, and +43 percent). Program Management Directors in Minneapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers pay around 25 percent less in Cincinnati and 15 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries

National Average
$73,000

Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries

Budget Management
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National Average
$73,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 212 votes.

Gender

Female
64%
female alumni
 
Male
36%
male alumni

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%