What does a Program Manager do?

Program managers oversee interconnected projects that are complementary to one another and that ultimately build and contribute to larger, longer-term business objectives. Program managers outline a program’s strategy and its objectives and oversee a list of dependent projects that are needed to reach the program’s goals. They work with teams and instruct them on how to best implement their strategies and to measure the return on investment.

Program managers share the program’s strategy and objectives with an emphasis on its impact upon the business. As the overseers of multiple-project platform collaborations, they also define the independent projects that must be completed first in order to achieve the program's ultimate goals. While they are supervising groups of projects, they will also strategize, oversee, and coordinate various project products or other strategic initiatives that are programmed within a group of related projects. Program managers need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
7%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
37%
8+
18%

Common Skill Sets

English
Written Communication
First Aid
Writing
Responses
CPR
Evaluating
Leadership

Program Manager Seniority Levels

L2
Program Manager
$95,166/yr
L4
Operations Program Manager
2% made the transition
Technical Program Manager
15% made the transition
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Program Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$95,166 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$56K
Median: $95K
$162K
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