Program Management Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with nearly two in three bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $96K per year on average but can range from $43K to $187K per year. Total incomes of Program Management Directors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $31K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $43K and $187K. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. For the most part, Program Management Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,450 - $164,809
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$46K
$96K
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MEDIAN: $96,420
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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
$46,450 - $164,809  
   
Bonus
$391.49 - $30,738  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $19,933  
Commission
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$42,802 - $186,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $145.44  
   
Overtime
$37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$391.49 - $30,738  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $19,933  
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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$42,802 - $186,748  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.

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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 move into Executive Director or Non-Profit Executive Director roles. However, the former pays $22K less on average, and the latter pays $37K less.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Program Management Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Program Management, People Management, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. 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. Most people experienced in People Management also 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $81K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $119K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,635

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

Home to some of the best pay for Program Management Directors, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 57 percent above the national average. Program Management Directors will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+33 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), Austin (+23 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Baltimore Program Management Directors earning much less — 33 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (33 percent less) and Columbus (19 percent less).

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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries



National Average
$97,000

People Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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