Program Management Directors in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Program Management Directors — which occasionally include more than $31K from bonuses and more than $35K from profit sharing — stretch from around $42K to approximately $189K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. Women Program Management Directors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Program Management Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,850 - $164,160
$46K
$100K
$160K
MEDIAN: $101,782
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$9.30 - $145.44
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$45,850 - $164,160  
   
Bonus
$450.00 - $31,482  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $35,000  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$42,163 - $188,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $145.44  
   
Overtime
$37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$450.00 - $31,482  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $35,000  
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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$42,163 - $188,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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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There are some Program Management Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Program Management, where earnings are an average $139K annually. Program Management Directors most often move into positions as Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors. Executive Directors actually earn $27K less on average, however, and Non-Profit Executive Directors earn $42K less per year than Program Management Directors do.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Those listing Training Program Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Operations Management and Budget Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $124K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $140K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $101,765

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

For Program Management Directors, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. Program Management Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Austin (+17 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Program Management Directors in Cincinnati earning a whopping 46 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Baltimore (37 percent less) and Portland (36 percent less).

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Key Stats for Program Management Director

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
040
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$102,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$102,000




Operations Management
up arrow 24%

Training Program Development
up arrow 45%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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