Senior Program Officer Salary

Median pay for Senior Program Officers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $77K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Senior Program Officers making up 77 percent. Work is enjoyable for Senior Program Officers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$47,734 - $151,358
MEDIAN: $76,928

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$47,124 - $156,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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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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Senior Program Officers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Experience with Program Management is often linked with knowledge of 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $55K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $68K. Senior Program Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $92K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $126K.

Pay Difference by Location

For Senior Program Officers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 94 percent above the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+6 percent). Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 31 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Boston (8 percent lower) and Washington (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Program Officer Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Program Officer Salaries

Strategic Planning
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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 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%