Wages for Senior Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Cash earnings for Senior Program Managers — including $25K in bonuses and $21K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $67K to $165K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Male Senior Program Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (65 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Program Managers. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans.

$66,116 - $148,796
$66K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,471
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$22.94 - $63.59
$56
MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$66,116 - $148,796  
   
Bonus
$2,021 - $25,195  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,635  
Commission
$16,500  
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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$66,670 - $165,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$56.46  
   
Overtime
$81.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,021 - $25,195  
   
Commission
$16,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,635  
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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$66,670 - $165,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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Job Description for Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)

The senior program manager (unspecified type/general) is responsible for the management of specific programs and projects within the organization. Their main objective is to ensure that projects are completed on time, stay within budget, and meet all of the customer's requirements. Senior program managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of their specific programs and projects, which typically includes program scheduling, planning, and pricing. Some senior program managers may also help manage other program workers and establish standard operating procedures to help control any risks associated with the programs. They also monitor key program performance metrics and perform quality and cost control initiatives and reviews. In addition, senior program managers perform ongoing research to find and develop best practices for project management.

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Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General) Tasks

  • Develop, implement and manage strategic project plan and budget.
  • Plan and lead inter- and external organizational meetings.
  • Collaborate with corporate leaders and stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and assess cross-departmental teams.

Common Career Paths for Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)


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Many Senior Program Managers transition into upper-level roles like Aviation Program Manager. However, Aviation Program Managers do report a slightly lower median income of $102K per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)


Senior Program Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Strategic Project Management, Project Management, and Customer Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Budget Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Program Management tend to be well versed in Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Program Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $86K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $100K. Senior Program Managers bring in $120K after working for 10 to 20 years. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $143K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,323

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Senior Program Managers in San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Diego — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Senior Program Managers. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Boston (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries



National Average
$116,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 14%

Strategic Project Management
up arrow 5%


Customer Relations
0%

National Average
$116,000



Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 12%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 19%

Budget Management
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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