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Entry-Level Program Project Manager Salary

Entry-Level Program Project Managers can expect wages of $61K per year on average. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Program Project Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $38K to approximately $98K. Most Entry-Level Program Project Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Entry-Level Program Project Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$39,892 - $94,086
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$94K
MEDIAN: $60,838
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$13.08 - $41.05
(Median)
$13
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$39,892 - $94,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,196  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,600  
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,453  
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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$38,278 - $97,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,654
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $41.05  
   
Overtime
$17.85 - $49.83  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,196  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,453  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $9,600  
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).
)
$38,278 - $97,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Program Project Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Program Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Entry-Level Program Project Managers in Indianapolis make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (16 percent less) and Salt Lake City (14 percent less).

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.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Program Project Manager Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 14%

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 6%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 6%


Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Business Development
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Process Improvement
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$61,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Organizing
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 410 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%