Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales Salary

Senior Vice Presidents of Sales in the United States pull down an average of $167K per year. Overall compensation packages to Senior Vice Presidents of Sales range from $113K on the low end to $326K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $104K and profit sharing that approaches $50K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $131K. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Senior Vice Presidents of Sales enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Senior Vice Presidents of Sales are male. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$98,384 - $244,171
MEDIAN: $167,176

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$98,384 - $244,171  
$8,312 - $104,185  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $50,392  
$0.00 - $130,545  
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).
$112,551 - $326,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 760
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Job Description for Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales

A senior vice president of sales has a wide variety of duties, chief of which is to oversee a larger sales team that receives instruction from the senior vice president and reports directly to them. This executive must employ many skills to be successful, such as proper delegation, planning, conception, and implementation of strategic sales plans. They must also evaluate their sales team and make changes as necessary; for example, if sales are faltering, the senior vice president of sales needs to come up with a plan to get sales back on track and ensure continued growth. Additionally, the senior vice president of sales assist in high-level sales projects for their company, although they are usually not the primary salespeople for a particular project. For example, the senior vice president of sales may help their employees close large sales or conduct meetings with major clients. They also provide support when a sales negotiation is more complicated than usual, ensuring that negotiations are completed smoothly.


Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales Tasks

  • Develop and maintain relationships with internal sales staff, customers, and regulatory agencies.
  • Plan, direct, and set the strategic direction of the sales program to maximize profit.
  • Oversee sales staff operations, business planning, and budget development.
  • Responsible for maximizing the potential sales volume of all segments of the market.
  • Ensure services are in compliance with professional and company policy standards.

Common Career Paths for Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales

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Senior Vice Presidents of Sales who advance into a position like Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing may end up working for a little less. On average, Senior Vice Presidents of Sales & Marketing take home $174K annually. A lot of Senior Vice Presidents of Sales advance their careers by becoming Presidents and Chief Executive Officers. However, those positions offer $52K less and $35K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales

Senior Vice Presidents of Sales seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Business Strategy, Team Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Relationship Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Sales Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Business Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Vice Presidents of Sales — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $163K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $208K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $209K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales in New York:
"Never Stop Closing."
Always sell yourself first to the customer to gain trust and to show integrity then figure-out how your product can solve the customers problem.

Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales in Parsippany:
"How to be a well-organized multi-tasking creative person."
Take risks with presenting new ideas to your Clients.

Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales in Dallas:
"Be Flexible."
Go where they want you to go when they want you to go there, patience is critical (and hard)

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Experience Affects Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Vice President (SVP), Sales Salaries

Business Strategy
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Team Leadership
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Strategic Planning
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Business Development
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National Average

Sales Management
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New Business Development
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Strategic Sales
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Contract Negotiation
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Technical Sales
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People Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 94 votes.


18 %
82 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%