Program Manager Job & Career Information

What's it like to be a Program Manager?

We have 3,134 Program Manager jobs nationwide. The average Program Manager salary is $91,000 annually, +$25K (31%) more than the average national salary. Statistically, Program Managers are very happy with their career.

$91,000 Average Salary

Employee Reviews (1,301 reviews)

3.8 out of 5 stars
  • Program Manager @ Microsoft in Chevy Chase, MD

    "As a Program Manager (PgM) you're always learning. No two programs are the same because technology is constantly changing. Therefore, you are constantly in a learning mode. As the PgM, you have to learn new structure and processes. Thus, a Program Manager’s world is ever changing, growing and evolving – it’s a great ride! One more thing that I love about being a Program Manager is that you work with all sorts of interesting people. Program Management is a great training ground for future CEOs. Ability to manage things, risks, tasks, processes and at the same time lead people is for the few, the proud and the good PgMs. What do I hate about being a Program Manager, your success depends on the success of the team. You're now the head coach of Washington Redskins. If the team wins you take the glory, if the team does not win, you're toasted regardless of your previous accolades as a championship winning coach. Analogously, as a Program Manager you must rise above details mentality and become more of delegator and coordinator. Else I forget, to succeed as a PgM, you must maintain an open communication channel 24x7 and you must be a good and effective communicator; otherwise, don’t go down this path."

  • "I love being a part of something larger than myself. When I am given the support needed to be successful, it is a great feeling to be able to make things happen. A real sense of achievement makes each day worth it."

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