What does a Senior Vice President do?

Senior leaders hold executive or upper management positions and provide high-level leadership and direction for an organization’s essential day-to-day operations. Their direct reports are typically directors and other upper-tier administrators. The senior leadership members steer core initiatives and establish organization-wide policies and standards. They lead strategic planning and critical decision making. They select and oversee directors and managers. They manage budgets, approve major expenditures, and maintain important strategic partnerships. They may also serve as a public “face” representing the company and making official statements.

Senior leaders often have an advanced degree such as an MBA and should have a strong track record of successful leadership in high-ranking roles with significant responsibility. These positions require solid leadership skills and the ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Senior Vice President Salaries

Average Base Pay

$207,470 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$135K
Median: $207K
$320K
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GoogleGoogle
Vice President
Oct 5, 2021

“Incredibly smart and thoughtful people that you get to work with on a daily basis.”

J.P. MorganJ.P. Morgan
Vice President
Mar 29, 2021

“It is such a great workplace that no one leaves so getting promoted is difficult.”

JSSProJSSPro
Senior Vice President
Aug 18, 2021

“Culture is infectious where you feel valued and appreciated for your work and it starts at the top.”

Mizuho Financial GroupMizuho Financial Group
Vice President
Jun 2, 2020

“This is an excellent company to work for with opportunities for learning and career growth.”

J.P. MorganJ.P. Morgan
Vice President
Dec 9, 2019

“work life balance was OK and depending what org you worked in dictated your success.”

L&T Technology ServicesL&T Technology Services
Senior Discipline Lead
Sep 17, 2020

“LTTS provides limitless opportunities to learn and tremendous leverage to define one role and grow in career.”

Quality Building ServicesQuality Building Services
Vice President
Jan 23, 2020

“I’ve been with this company since 2007 and have experienced numerous opportunities to excel in my career.”

ApiseroApisero
Senior Vice President
Jul 16, 2020

“I appreciate the balance of work and fun which is an important aspect of professional life.”

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