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Senior Program Officer Salary

The average Senior Program Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $76K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Senior Program Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Most Senior Program Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,519 - $150,761
MEDIAN: $75,858

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$46,519 - $150,761  
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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).
$46,081 - $156,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211

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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Grant Management, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis and Program Management. Many workers who know Program Management also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer

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

Senior Program Officers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $55K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $67K. Senior Program Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $93K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $126K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 95 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 (+9 percent). Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Experience Affects Senior Program Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Program Officer Salaries

Grant Management
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Strategic Planning
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Project Management
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National Average

Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.


78 %
22 %

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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%