Senior Program Officer Salary

Nearly one-half of Senior Program Officers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $49K to $160K per year, and the average comes out to $81K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Senior Program Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Program Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,270 - $154,705
MEDIAN: $80,839

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$49,270 - $154,705  
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$48,833 - $160,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer

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

Senior Program Officers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Senior Program Officers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $55K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $69K. On average, Senior Program Officers make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $131K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,608

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Program Officers, 100 percent higher than the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+12 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Program Officers is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 41 percent below the national average. Workers in Boston and Washington earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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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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National Average

Program Management
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Grant Management
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Research Analysis
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Proposal Writing
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


76 %
24 %

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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 6%