According to the IUCN Red List, the Green-headed Tanager is listed at Least Concern relative to other avian species. Because the Green-headed Tanager has a comparatively large geographic range (673,000 km2), it does not approach the threshold for Vulnerable under the criteria established by the IUCN (Bird Life International 2012). The global population size has not been quantified. Parker et al. (1996) classified this species' conservation priority as "low" compared to other Neotropical birds.