Senior Program Officers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under three-fifths of Senior Program Officers. Pay fluctuates from $55K to $154K per year, but expected earnings average $82K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Senior Program Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,365 - $153,374
$55K
$82K
$150K
MEDIAN: $81,943
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$55,365 - $153,374  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,101  
Profit Sharing
$26,531  
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$55,313 - $154,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 152

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Job Description for Senior Program Officer

Senior program officers are typically responsible for a variety of high-level organizational and strategic planning efforts. Management of diverse program portfolios, as well as strong communication and collaboration skills, are essential for this position. Senior program officers build program capacity requirements, develop grantees and key partners, plan organizational events, develop relevant knowledge within the organization, and provide support for other officers and program directors. These officers generally work alongside other senior program officers, project managers, department managers, and directors in the organization. They must use outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills to interact with all levels of staff to perform all program responsibilities.

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Senior Program Officer Tasks

  • Responsible for a program with a specific purpose such as a addressing a targeted social issue (e.g. poverty, homelessness, sexual orientation) or organizational function (e.g. fundraising, security) of a non-profit organization or government agency.
  • Document, distribute and disseminate program findings to headquarters and other branches of the organization.
  • Supervise program's operations regarding its project portfolio.
  • Manage grant administration and investor/donor process.
  • Develop and manage program objectives and strategies based on research, field reports and organization-wide initiatives.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer

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


For many Senior Program Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $61K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $77K. Senior Program Officers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $93K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $120K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $82,452

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

For Senior Program Officers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 99 percent greater than the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent) and San Francisco (+9 percent). Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis make 42 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Washington (14 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Program Officer

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
043
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Senior Program Officer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%


National Average
$82,000



Skills That Affect Senior Program Officer Salaries


National Average
$82,000



Grant Management
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Research Analysis
up arrow 12%

Proposal Writing
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 3%
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