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Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Generous salaries abound for Program Management VPs in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($124K) per year. Total cash compensation to Program Management VPs approaches anywhere from $72K on the lower end to $204K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $46K from bonuses and upwards of $25K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number claim medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Program Management VPs (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Program Management VPs like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$73,659 - $178,178
MEDIAN: $124,470

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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.
$73,659 - $178,178  
$967 - $45,799  
Profit Sharing
$2,013 - $24,832  
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).
$72,160 - $204,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 242

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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 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Project Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Program 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $90K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $98K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $138K. Program Management VPs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

Program Management VPs will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 10 percent. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Atlanta (+3 percent). Program Management VPs in Washington make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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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 61 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%