Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Salaries for Program Management VPs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($127K) per year. Cash earnings for Program Management VPs — which occasionally include more than $49K from bonuses and more than $21K from profit sharing — stretch from around $75K to approximately $210K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and the greater part earn vision coverage. The majority of Program Management VPs claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Program Management VPs making up 55 percent of survey respondents. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$75,403 - $179,181
MEDIAN: $126,550

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National Salary Data (?
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$75,403 - $179,181  
$998 - $49,016  
Profit Sharing
$2,367 - $20,511  
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).
$74,783 - $209,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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Job skills reported by Program Management VPs are limited. Project Management and Program Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Program Management and Project Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

For many Program Management VPs, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $88K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $99K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $143K. Program Management VPs who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $157K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Program Management VPs in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+5 percent) and Atlanta (+2 percent). Compared to the national average, Washington Program Management VPs have considerably lower salaries, 30 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%