Senior Program Officer Salary

The average Senior Program Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $80K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Senior Program Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$48,652 - $152,805
MEDIAN: $79,509

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$48,088 - $158,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248
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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, Project Management, Grant 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

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

Senior Program Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $69K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $126K.

Pay Difference by Location

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Program Officers, 99 percent above the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+13 percent) and New York (+1 percent). Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 40 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (10 percent lower) and Washington (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Strategic Planning
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Project Management
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National Average

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 35 votes.


75 %
25 %

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%