Entry-Level Program Project Manager Salary

Entry-Level Program Project Managers can expect to earn an average of $61K per year. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Program Project Managers (largely between $39K and $99K) includes potential earnings of $10K from bonuses, $13K from profit sharing, and commissions of $35K in exceptional cases. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,082 - $95,075
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$95K
MEDIAN: $61,388
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50%
90%

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$13.50 - $45.38
(Median)
$13
$22
$45
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
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
$40,082 - $95,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,268  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $12,668  
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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$38,810 - $98,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,928
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $45.38  
   
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 - $10,268  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,765  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $12,668  
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).
)
$38,810 - $98,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
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Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Program Project Managers, 17 percent higher than 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). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Salt Lake City and Washington (12 percent lower and 5 percent lower, 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 11%

Team Leadership
up arrow 8%


Business Development
up arrow 6%

Program Management
up arrow 4%

Leadership
up arrow 4%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Budget Management
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

Process Improvement
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 386 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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