Updated August 18, 2021
Average Program Director Salary
$64,000 yearly
$30.84 hourly

Entry level Salary
$37,000 yearly
$37,000
10 %
$64,000
Median
$111,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$111,000
$9,250
$53
75th Percentile
$85,000
$7,083
$41
Average
$64,144
$5,345
$31
25th Percentile
$48,000
$4,000
$23
10th Percentile
$37,000
$3,083
$18

Average Program Director Salary By State

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Program Director average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$53,030
$25.50
Alaska
$82,292
$39.56
Arizona
$60,338
$29.01
Arkansas
$56,628
$27.23
California
$72,824
$35.01
Colorado
$57,829
$27.80
Connecticut
$66,170
$31.81
Delaware
$51,511
$24.76
District of Columbia
$81,576
$39.22
Florida
$61,569
$29.60
Georgia
$82,554
$39.69
Hawaii
$49,801
$23.94
Idaho
$42,706
$20.53
Illinois
$65,528
$31.50
Indiana
$48,669
$23.40
Iowa
$39,794
$19.13
Kansas
$45,672
$21.96
Kentucky
$49,000
$23.56
Louisiana
$57,584
$27.68
Maine
$40,439
$19.44
Maryland
$80,073
$38.50
Massachusetts
$59,501
$28.61
Michigan
$61,277
$29.46
Minnesota
$57,804
$27.79
Mississippi
$63,134
$30.35
Missouri
$56,654
$27.24
Montana
$43,102
$20.72
Nebraska
$53,253
$25.60
Nevada
$55,441
$26.65
New Hampshire
$58,503
$28.13
New Jersey
$68,246
$32.81
New Mexico
$52,427
$25.21
New York
$77,767
$37.39
North Carolina
$61,278
$29.46
North Dakota
$39,289
$18.89
Ohio
$64,635
$31.07
Oklahoma
$51,825
$24.92
Oregon
$56,183
$27.01
Pennsylvania
$61,523
$29.58
Rhode Island
$56,051
$26.95
South Carolina
$50,666
$24.36
South Dakota
$51,287
$24.66
Tennessee
$60,844
$29.25
Texas
$68,802
$33.08
Utah
$54,449
$26.18
Vermont
$52,257
$25.12
Virginia
$68,709
$33.03
Washington
$62,457
$30.03
West Virginia
$59,476
$28.59
Wisconsin
$48,995
$23.56
Wyoming
$42,353
$20.36

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Highest Paying Cities For Program Director

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Atlanta, GA
$83,300
$40.05
Washington, DC
$82,339
$39.59
Baltimore, MD
$80,720
$38.81
New York, NY
$78,613
$37.79
San Francisco, CA
$75,338
$36.22
Houston, TX
$70,373
$33.83

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How much does a Program Director make?

The average program director salary is $64,144 per year, or $30.84 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $37,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $111,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Georgia, Alaska, Maryland, New York, and California provide the highest program director salaries.

Average Program Director Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $64,100
    $30.84
    +0.1%
    2020
    $64,100
    $30.81
    +0.9%
    2019
    $63,500
    $30.52
    +3.5%
    2018
    $61,200
    $29.44
    -1.0%
    2017
    $61,800
    $29.73
    -0.5%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Director Of After School Program

    Avg. salary: $52,237

    A director of after school programs oversees and directs childcare centers in communities. They take the lead in setting goals and guidelines, conducting research and analyses to identify the students' interests and needs, developing programs that provide recreational activities and academic support, supervising the recruitment and training of employees, and monitoring the daily operations to ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Moreover, a director of after school programs empowers staff to reach program goals and implements policies and standards to provide a safe and healthy environment for the students.
    76,435 Director Of After School Program Jobs
    Service Program Manager

    Avg. salary: $78,396

    Service program managers serve as coordinators for the projects or services offered by organizations. The managers oversee and organize their activities, making sure that program goals are in alignment with corporate objectives. It is their job to establish promotional materials for the programs and manage their logistics. They handle several customer insights programs and create determination and targeting of prospective subscription sales opportunities. They need to develop skills in project management, customer service, marketing skills, and strong communication skills.
    96,367 Service Program Manager Jobs
    Director Program Management

    Avg. salary: $151,498

    The duties of a director of program management depend on one's industry of employment. Typically, their responsibilities revolve around overseeing the operations in particular areas, ensuring efficiency and productivity that will translate to sales. They are also responsible for devising strategies to optimize existing programs, spearheading new projects, setting goals and budget, resolving issues and concerns, and evaluating workforce performance. Furthermore, as a director, it is essential to lead and encourage the workforce, all while implementing the company's policies and regulations.
    128,304 Director Program Management Jobs
    Director Of Program Development

    Avg. salary: $71,353

    A director of program development is an executive professional who is responsible for managing an information technology (IT) department that is involved in the creation of an entire information system and all related software. This director must provide project management for clients and submit proposals regarding the structure of its units. The director must coordinate professional development with staff members who are working offsite. This director must also develop community outreach campaigns to meet the company grant funding initiatives.
    116,975 Director Of Program Development Jobs
    Youth Program Manager

    Avg. salary: $46,844

    Youth program managers are responsible for developing and contributing to a program design. As a youth program manager, you're charged with technical support to various management tasks like the planning, directing, measuring, partnership development, or community outreach program. Youth program managers are also in charge of the organization's policies and budget regarding program participants, benefits, and requirements. A youth program manager must have good organization, speaking, and managerial skills because you'll be speaking directly with various individuals.
    77,960 Youth Program Manager Jobs
    Program Manager

    Avg. salary: $93,373

    A program manager is responsible for monitoring the project's progress, improving and developing new strategies, and coordinate various projects across the organization to ensure the success of the business objective. Program managers also manage the program's expenses, ensuring that the projects adhere to the budget goals without compromising the quality and accuracy of the result. A program manager should regularly connect with the different teams of every project under the program to keep track of the processes and procedures for the timely delivery of the product.
    153,690 Program Manager Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Director Of After School Program
    $52,238
    $4,353
    $25.11
    76,435
    Service Program Manager
    $78,396
    $6,533
    $37.69
    96,367
    Director Program Management
    $151,498
    $12,625
    $72.84
    128,304
    Director Of Program Development
    $71,353
    $5,946
    $34.30
    116,975
    Youth Program Manager
    $46,845
    $3,904
    $22.52
    77,960
    Program Manager
    $93,374
    $7,781
    $44.89
    153,690
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    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Jacobs Engineering Group and General Dynamics as they offer the highest salaries for program directors.
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    Recently Added Program Director Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Earthjustice
    DEI Program Director
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    San Francisco, CA
    08/31/2021
    $125,600
    08/31/2021
    Idea Public Schools
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    Weslaco, TX
    08/31/2021
    $73,900
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    Lifelong Medical Care
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    Novato, CA
    08/31/2021
    $74,000
    08/31/2021
    Keystone Human Services
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    Watertown, CT
    08/31/2021
    $50,088
    08/31/2021
    The Salvation Army
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    Rowe, MA
    08/31/2021
    $41,594
    08/31/2021
    Bamsi
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    Stoughton, MA
    08/31/2021
    $50,000
    08/31/2021
    Earthjustice
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    Washington, DC
    08/31/2021
    $125,600
    08/31/2021
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    Anchorage, AK
    08/31/2021
    $125,600
    08/31/2021
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    $160,440
    08/30/2021
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    08/30/2021
    $160,440
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    Average Program Director Salary by Demographic

    Program Director Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $60,200
    female-income
    Female Income
    $57,838
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$60,200
    Female$57,838
    Median Program Director Income by Race
    Asian program directors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino program directors have the lowest average salary at $53,538.
    $70,000
    $56,000
    $42,000
    $28,000
    $14,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$58,514
    Black or African American$53,548
    Asian$65,265
    Hispanic or Latino$53,538
    Average Program Director Salary by Education Level
    Program directors with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $77,219 annually. With a Masters degree, program directors earn a median annual income of $64,024 compared to $60,200 for program directors with an Bachelors degree.
    $80,000
    $64,000
    $48,000
    $32,000
    $16,000
    $0
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Master's Degree$64,024
    Bachelor's Degree$60,200
    Doctorate Degree$77,219