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Entry-Level Program Project Manager Salary

Entry-Level Program Project Managers take home approximately $61K annually on average. Overall incomes of Entry-Level Program Project Managers — including $10K bonuses, $10K profit sharing proceeds, and $39K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $38K and $98K. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Program Project Managers (58 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Program Project Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$39,821 - $94,491
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$94K
MEDIAN: $60,941
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50%
90%

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$13.21 - $41.01
(Median)
$13
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$39,821 - $94,491  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,264  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,536  
Commission
$-0.50 - $38,783  
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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$38,267 - $97,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,822
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.21 - $41.01  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,264  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $38,783  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $9,536  
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).
)
$38,267 - $97,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175

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Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Program Project Managers, 15 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Program Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+11 percent), Houston (+7 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. Workers in Salt Lake City and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

Program Project Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Program Project Manager in Boston:
"Project management."
The most important skill needed are people skills because you have to have the ability to get people to do work for you who do not report to you.

Program Project Manager in Minneapolis:
"Communicate, Communicate, Communicate."
There is no such thing as over-communication. Keeping all project and program stakeholders updated on key components is extremely critical to being a successful Program and Project Manager.

Program Project Manager in Boulder:
"Negotiate First."
Negotiate your salary first, as well as performance metric based bonus that can be measured. If you do not negotiate well, bonus will be based on nebulous terms.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Program Project Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 12%

Team Leadership
up arrow 7%

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 6%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Business Development
up arrow 4%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Process Improvement
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$61,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Organizing
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 422 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%