Senior Program Officer Salary

Senior Program Officers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly one-half of Senior Program Officers. Salaries average out to around $81K per year and spread from $49K to $160K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Senior Program Officers survey respondents are women (76 percent).

$49,270 - $154,705
MEDIAN: $80,839

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$49,270 - $154,705  
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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).
$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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Senior Program Officers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Project Management, Program Management, and Grant 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. Competency in Program Management frequently indicates 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.

For many Senior Program Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $131K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,608

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

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). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Senior Program Officers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 41 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Boston and 8 percent less in Washington, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%