Entry-Level Program Project Manager Salary

Entry-Level Program Project Managers can expect to earn an average of $61K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $13K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-Level Program Project Managers can bottom out near $39K or peak near $99K depending on individual performance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of Entry-Level Program Project Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,017 - $95,191
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$95K
MEDIAN: $61,348
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$13.52 - $45.25
(Median)
$14
$22
$45
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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
$40,017 - $95,191  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,258  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $12,774  
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,765  
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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$38,735 - $98,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,927
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $45.25  
   
Overtime
$18.17 - $53.29  
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 - $10,258  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,765  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $12,774  
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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$38,735 - $98,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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Pay Difference by Location


Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Program Project Managers, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Program Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+16 percent), Seattle (+5 percent), Dallas (+4 percent), and San Francisco (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (12 percent lower) and Washington (5 percent lower).

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
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Business Development
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Program Management
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Leadership
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Strategic Planning
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Project Management
up arrow 3%

Budget Management
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Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Process Improvement
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National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Excel
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Microsoft Office
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 395 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%
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