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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 ($126K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $46K and $25K, respectively — total cash payment to Program Management VPs can bottom out near $73K or peak near $206K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Program Management VPs like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and more than half collect vision insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Program Management VPs making up 57 percent of survey respondents. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$74,491 - $179,111
MEDIAN: $125,541

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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.
$74,491 - $179,111  
$972 - $46,394  
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).
$73,243 - $206,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Program Management VPs report a narrow range of specific skills. Program Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Experience with Program Management is often linked with 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.

Program Management VPs generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $90K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $99K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $140K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $157K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 13 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 (+7 percent) and Atlanta (+2 percent). Compared to the national average, Boston Program Management VPs have considerably lower salaries, 35 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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.


43 %
57 %

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: 69% employee benefits None: 8%