Program Management Director Salary

Compensation for Program Management Directors in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($111K). Total incomes of Program Management Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $32K from bonuses and close to $23K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $43K and $188K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Program Management Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most have medical and dental plans, and a strong majority have vision insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,859 - $165,436
$46K
$110K
$170K
MEDIAN: $111,485
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$9.21 - $146.81
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$18
$150
MEDIAN: $18.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$45,859 - $165,436  
   
Bonus
$1,510 - $31,831  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $23,184  
Commission
$7,500  
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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$42,740 - $187,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $146.81  
   
Overtime
$36.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,510 - $31,831  
   
Commission
$7,500  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $23,184  
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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$42,740 - $187,823  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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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Program Management Directors sometimes assume positions such as Directors of Program Management. That role pays $140K per year on average. Program Management Directors most often move into Executive Director or Non-Profit Executive Director roles. However, the former pays $37K less on average, and the latter pays $52K less.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Survey results suggest that Program Management Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. 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: $111,987

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

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Program Management Directors, 35 percent above the national average. Program Management Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+15 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Austin (+6 percent), and Washington (+2 percent). Compared to the national average, Cincinnati Program Management Directors have considerably lower salaries, 51 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and Portland (43 percent lower and 42 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Program Management Director

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries

▲35%

▲16%

National Average
$112,000

▼28%

▼52%

Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲46%




National Average
$112,000



Training Program Development
▼50%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 8%