Senior Program Officer Salary

Just under three-fifths of Senior Program Officers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $56K to $156K per year, but median earnings come to around $82K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Senior Program Officers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage.

$55,135 - $154,258
$55K
$82K
$150K
MEDIAN: $82,471
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$55,135 - $154,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
Profit Sharing
$26,531  
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$55,563 - $155,715  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 147

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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.

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Senior Program Officer Tasks

  • 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.
  • Supervise program's operations regarding its project portfolio.
  • Manage grant administration and investor/donor process.
  • Develop and manage program objectives and strategies based on research, field reports and organization-wide initiatives.

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Program Officer

Pay by Experience for a Senior Program Officer has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Program Officer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 28 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Program Officer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 69 salaries. An experienced Senior Program Officer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 79 salaries. A Senior Program Officer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $125,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,221

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Program Officers, 99 percent higher than the national average. Senior Program Officers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Minneapolis Senior Program Officers have considerably lower salaries, 43 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Boston and 9 percent less in Washington, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Senior Program Officer

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Program Officer Salaries

▲50%

▲13%

National Average
$83,000

▼8%

▼27%

Skills That Affect Senior Program Officer Salaries


National Average
$83,000



Grant Management
▼8%

Research Analysis
▼13%

Proposal Writing
▼23%

Budget Management
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
no benefits
None: 3%