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Senior Program Officer Salary

Median pay for Senior Program Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $76K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Program Officers making up 75 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$46,638 - $150,549
MEDIAN: $75,858

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$46,638 - $150,549  
$0.00 - $10,234  
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).
$46,138 - $156,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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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 takers who work as Senior Program Officers report a focused set of job skills. Project Management and Grant Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Program 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. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $55K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $67K. Senior Program Officers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $93K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $124K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

With a pay rate for Senior Program Officers that is 102 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+7 percent) and Washington (+2 percent).

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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

Project Management
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


75 %
25 %

Years of Experience

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%