Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Compensation for Program Management VPs in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($127K). Total incomes of Program Management VPs incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $50K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $76K and $209K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Program Management VPs is high. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Program Management VPs (54 percent) who responded to the survey. 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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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. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $88K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $101K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $142K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $158K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,208

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For Program Management VPs, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Washington, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Francisco (16 percent lower) and Boston (2 percent lower).

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

National Average

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%