Program Management Director Salary

Salaries for Program Management Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($126K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $34K and $48K, respectively — total cash payment to Program Management Directors can bottom out near $49K or peak near $197K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Program Management Directors (50 percent) who responded to the survey. Women make up a slight majority of Program Management Directors (50 percent) survey respondents. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a large number get vision plans, too. Most Program Management Directors are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$51,461 - $173,155
$51K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $129,035
10%
50%
90%

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$12.15 - $28.00
$21
MEDIAN: $21.00
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$0$196K
Salary $51,461 - $173,155
Bonus $2,457 - $34,065
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $49,316
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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$49,895 - $196,882
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 143
Hourly Data $0$101
Hourly Rate $21.00
Overtime $37.64
Annual Data $0$196K
Bonus $2,457 - $34,065
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $49,316
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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$49,895 - $196,882
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5

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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

  • Communicate between product and technology groups to ensure the program creates high quality products.
  • Oversee a team of project managers to create products.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Program Management Director


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Program Management Directors sometimes move into a Director of Program Management role, where the salary is similar. Many Program Management Directors go on to become Executive Directors or Non-Profit Executive Directors despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $58K lower and $73K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Program Management Director


Survey results suggest that Program Management Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Fortunate workers who know Operations Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Those listing Training Program Development as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Management Director

Pay by Experience for a Program Management Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Management Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 45 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Management Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Program Management Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 110 salaries. A Program Management Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $151,000 based on 57 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,370

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, 14 percent above the national average. Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Program Management Directors in Cincinnati earning a whopping 58 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Baltimore and Portland (52 percent lower and 51 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Program Management Director

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
29%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Program Management Director Salaries

▲11%

National Average
$136,000

▼5%

▼41%

▼61%

Skills That Affect Program Management Director Salaries

Operations Management
▲20%

National Average
$136,000






Training Program Development
▼59%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 5%
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