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Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

Wages for Program Management VPs in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($125K) 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 $70K or peak near $204K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as Program Management VPs who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Most report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and a majority collect vision insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$71,601 - $178,101
MEDIAN: $124,725

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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.
$71,601 - $178,101  
$493.16 - $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).
$70,479 - $204,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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 focused set of job skills. Program Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 7 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.

Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $98K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($98K) on average. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $138K on average. Program Management VPs who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $156K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, Program Management VPs in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Atlanta (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Washington Program Management VPs have considerably lower salaries, 27 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 Vice President (VP), Program Management Salaries

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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 58 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%