Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Program Management VPs in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $124K) surpassing six figures annually. Cash earnings for Program Management VPs — which occasionally include more than $46K from bonuses and more than $25K from profit sharing — stretch from around $70K to approximately $203K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Program Management VPs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Program Management VPs making up 55 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$70,799 - $177,261
MEDIAN: $124,470

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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.
$70,799 - $177,261  
$500 - $45,635  
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).
$70,051 - $203,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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 10 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Competency in Program Management frequently indicates 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.

The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $101K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $99K on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $138K on average. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $154K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for Program Management VPs, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+6 percent) and Atlanta (+4 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Program Management VPs in Washington earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average.

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Job Satisfaction

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


45 %
55 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%