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 ($127K). Total cash earnings of Program Management VPs range from $76K on the low end to $209K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $50K and $20K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and the larger part get vision plans, too. Most Program Management VPs report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Program Management VPs are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 54 percent of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$75,979 - $178,509
MEDIAN: $127,330

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National Salary Data (?
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$75,979 - $178,509  
$1,039 - $49,732  
Profit Sharing
$2,327 - $19,933  
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).
$75,541 - $209,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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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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Program Management VPs report a narrow range of specific skills. Project Management and Program Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Program Management and Project Management are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Inexperienced workers earn around $88K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $101K. Program Management VPs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $142K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $158K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,208

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Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Program Management VPs in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+6 percent). Program Management VPs in Washington take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 30 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 16 percent less in San Francisco and 2 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.


46 %
54 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 9%