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Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Average pay for Program Management VPs in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($139K). Total cash compensation to Program Management VPs bottoms out near $76K and approaches $205K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $46K from bonuses and almost $24K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the larger part collect vision insurance. Most Program Management VPs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Program Management VPs making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$76,682 - $177,252
MEDIAN: $127,617

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$76,682 - $177,252  
$972 - $45,617  
Profit Sharing
$2,043 - $24,468  
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).
$76,325 - $204,813  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 246
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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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Survey takers who work as Program Management VPs usually report a few specific skills. Program Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Program Management tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

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

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

For many Program Management VPs, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $90K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $102K. On average, Program Management VPs make $140K following one to two decades on the job. Program Management VPs who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $156K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Program Management VPs, 12 percent higher than the national average. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+5 percent) and New York (+4 percent). Program Management VPs in Washington report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.


44 %
56 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%