Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Wages for Program Management VPs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($123K) per year. Total cash compensation for Program Management VPs runs from $71K to $203K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $45K and profit sharing that can reach almost $25K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Program Management VPs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision plans. Men make up a slight majority of Program Management VPs (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$71,694 - $176,628

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National Salary Data (?
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$71,694 - $176,628  
$511 - $45,396  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $24,658  
Total Pay (?
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).
$70,684 - $202,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Program Management

A vice president (VP) of program management is responsible for ensuring that all programs are developed and carried out in line with company standards. They are also in charge of making sure that all new programs are on their development schedule and remain within their budget, as well as making sure that the development team is working in a safe, clean environment that is conductive to a positive workflow. Additionally, the vice president of program management must provide annual staffing and budget plans and quarterly updates to the company's senior management team. They may also serve in a direct supervisory role, providing feedback, instruction, and discipline for staff under their supervision.


Vice President (VP), Program Management Tasks

  • Track and analyze issues, risks, and costs, and then proactively address and mitigate.
  • Manage process from development through production to customer relations, and create stable, effective methodologies.
  • Create, measure, and communicate program plans, milestones, and metrics, including budgets.
  • Enforce policies around documentation and standardization of programs and products.

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Typical Program Management VPs report a focused set of job skills. Program Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 9 percent, respectively. Experience with Program Management is often linked with knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Program Management

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

Program Management VPs with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $83K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $92K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $139K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $154K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

For Program Management VPs, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 16 percent greater than the national average. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Atlanta (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Program Management VPs in Washington earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average.

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Program Management Salaries

National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.


47 %
53 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%