Vice President (VP), Program Management Salary

On average, Program Management VPs in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($124K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Overall cash earnings for Program Management VPs stretch from $70K on the lower end to $203K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $46K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Program Management VPs are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 55 percent of the field. In this profession, a large number enjoy medical and dental coverage, and the greater part have vision insurance, as well. Most Program Management VPs report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$70,457 - $177,552
MEDIAN: $123,975

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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.
$70,457 - $177,552  
$496.65 - $45,716  
Profit Sharing
$2,027 - $24,658  
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).
$69,787 - $203,460  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250
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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 only report a few specific skills. Program Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 8 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $98K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $99K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $136K. Program Management VPs who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $154K.

Pay Difference by Location

Program Management VPs will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Program Management VPs will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent) and Atlanta (+5 percent). Program Management VPs in Washington take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 28 percent less than the national average.

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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 56 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%