Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General) Salary

Generous salaries abound for Senior Program Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($111K) per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Program Managers approaches anywhere from $63K on the lower end to $168K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $26K from bonuses and upwards of $18K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. The majority of Senior Program Managers (64 percent) who took the survey are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$62,675 - $154,427
(Median)
$63K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $111,011
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$14.43 - $67.92
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MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,675 - $154,427  
   
Bonus
$1,008 - $25,569  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $18,000  
Commission
$9,000  
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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$62,776 - $167,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 604
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $67.92  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
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
$1,008 - $25,569  
   
Commission
$9,000  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $18,000  
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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$62,776 - $167,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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

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

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 $101K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General)


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Amazon.com Inc, where the median salary is just $140K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $167K.

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


Survey results imply that Senior Program Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Operations Management, Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Budget Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and Strategic Planning also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Program Management also know 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $70K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $96K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $122K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $141K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $116,862

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Program Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Senior Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Redmond (+25 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Senior Program Managers in Chicago make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Boston and Washington also lean toward paying below-median salaries (26 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Program Manager (Unspecified Type / General) Salaries



National Average
$117,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 40%

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

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 14%

Operations Management
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$117,000

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 15%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 15%

Budget Management
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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