Average pay for a Senior Program Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $110K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Program Managers bottoms out near $66K and approaches $164K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $25K from bonuses and almost $21K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Senior Program Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$65,627 - $147,973
(Median)
$66K
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MEDIAN: $110,332
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$22.94 - $63.59
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MEDIAN: $56.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$65,627 - $147,973  
   
Bonus
$2,055 - $25,339  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $21,000  
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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$66,187 - $163,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$56.46  
   
Overtime
$63.00  
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
$2,055 - $25,339  
   
Commission
$16,500  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $21,000  
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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$66,187 - $163,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Although many Senior Program Managers transition into Aviation Program Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $102K.

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Salaries are easily beat at Amazon.com Inc, where median pay comes to just $132K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $97K and ending at $167K, range in salary is rather small.

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


Senior Program Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Customer Relations 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 People Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Program Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Senior Program Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $87K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $99K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $119K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $115,311

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Program Managers in Sunnyvale enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Senior Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Orlando (+16 percent), San Diego (+12 percent), Irvine (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Program Managers is geography, with workers in Chicago earning a whopping 33 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (13 percent lower) and Boston (12 percent lower).

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



National Average
$115,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

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

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 15%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Customer Relations
up arrow 2%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$115,000

Program Management
up arrow 1%


People Management
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 18%

Budget Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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