Senior Program Officer Salary

Senior Program Officers in the United States take home approximately $77K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Senior Program Officers survey respondents are women (77 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Senior Program Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$47,921 - $151,072
MEDIAN: $77,140

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$47,921 - $151,072  
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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).
$47,290 - $156,067  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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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.


Senior Program Officer Tasks

  • Manage grant administration and investor/donor process.
  • Develop and manage program objectives and strategies based on research, field reports and organization-wide initiatives.
  • Supervise program's operations regarding its project portfolio.
  • 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.

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Survey results imply that Senior Program Officers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Grant 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. Proposal Writing and Research Analysis also typically command lower compensation. Aptitude in Program Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Senior Program Officers. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $55K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $68K. Senior Program Officers see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $129K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 94 percent, Senior Program Officers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 31 percent below the national average. Workers in Washington and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Program Officer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Senior Program Officer Salaries

Strategic Planning
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Grant Management
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Project Management

National Average

Proposal Writing
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Research Analysis
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


77 %
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%