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Program Director Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$62,000
$34,000
$62,000
$113,000
The average program director makes about $62,770 per year. That's $30.18 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $34,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $113,000. Many of program directors seem to be drawn to health care and education companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case program directors tend to work at hospitality, technology, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that California, New York and Oklahoma pay program directors the highest salaries.
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Map of Program Director Salaries

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Average Salary

Average Program Director Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, New York and Oklahoma, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for program directors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Nebraska, South Carolina, and Louisiana.

City
Average Salary
Hartford, CT
Hartford, CT
$73,720
$74k
Rochester, MN
Rochester, MN
$72,425
$72k
Rochester, NH
Rochester, NH
$71,727
$72k

High Paying Program Director Jobs

Average Program Director Salary By Company

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 White & Case and Microsoft as they offer the highest salaries for program directors.

Company
Average Salary
$192,300
$192k
$191,204
$191k
$186,034
$186k
$172,503
$173k

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    Average Program Director Pay By Industry

    Program director salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with hospitality, technology, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a program director can make a yearly salary of $81,630 while working for hospitality companies. All the while, other program directors are making $67,830 at technology companies and $66,868 at health care companies. One industry program directors may want to avoid is the education industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $49,117.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $81,630
    $82k
    Technology
    Technology
    $67,830
    $68k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $66,868
    $67k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $55,914
    $56k
    Retail
    Retail
    $55,914
    $56k
    Education
    Education
    $49,117
    $49k

    Recently Added Program Director Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Director of Programs
    Director of Programs
    Omaha, NE
    Omaha, NE
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $63,500
    $63,500
    10/30/2020
    CEE Program Director
    CEE Program Director
    Madison, WI
    Madison, WI
    10/28/2020
    10/28/2020
    $60,500
    $60,500
    10/28/2020
    Correctional Programs Director I
    Correctional Programs Director I
    Newton, NC
    Newton, NC
    10/27/2020
    10/27/2020
    $36,677
    $36,677
    10/27/2020
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Program Director
    Program Director
    Program Director
    Shirley, MA
    Shirley, MA
    10/25/2020
    10/25/2020
    $54,000
    $54,000
    10/25/2020
    Director of Programs-Santa Barbara (JR 1723)
    Director of Programs-Santa Barbara (JR 1723)
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Santa Barbara, CA
    10/24/2020
    10/24/2020
    $90,000
    $90,000
    10/24/2020
    L&I Facilities Program Director
    L&I Facilities Program Director
    Tumwater, WA
    Tumwater, WA
    10/22/2020
    10/22/2020
    $86,952
    $86,952
    10/22/2020
    University of South Carolina
    University of South Carolina
    DIR of Parnt & FAM Programs (Internal Candidates Only)
    DIR of Parnt & FAM Programs (Internal Candidates Only)
    DIR of Parnt & FAM Programs (Internal Candidates Only)
    Columbia, SC
    Columbia, SC
    10/16/2020
    10/16/2020
    $44,935
    $44,935
    10/16/2020
    The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler
    The Arc of Chemung-Schuyler
    Clinical Program Director
    Clinical Program Director
    Clinical Program Director
    Dansville, NY
    Dansville, NY
    10/15/2020
    10/15/2020
    $60,000
    $60,000
    10/15/2020
    Mental Health Program Director-New Program Opening!!
    Mental Health Program Director-New Program Opening!!
    Winona, MN
    Winona, MN
    10/07/2020
    10/07/2020
    $53,000
    $53,000
    10/07/2020
    Krua FM, Program Director
    Krua FM, Program Director
    Anchorage, AK
    Anchorage, AK
    10/03/2020
    10/03/2020
    $24,001
    $24,001
    10/03/2020