VPs of Engineering receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $157K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. In the world of VPs of Engineering, total cash compensation ranges from $111K on the lower end to $255K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $59K and profit sharing that approaches $41K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $70K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for VPs of Engineering, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$103,329 - $216,645
$100K
$160K
$220K
MEDIAN: $157,235
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$49.58 - $70.75
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MEDIAN: $60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$103,329 - $216,645  
   
Bonus
$4,807 - $58,757  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $41,217  
Commission
$10,067 - $69,531  
Total Pay (?
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$110,582 - $254,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$60.00  
   
Overtime
$74.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$4,807 - $58,757  
   
Commission
$10,067 - $69,531  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $41,217  
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).
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$110,582 - $254,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Engineering

Engineering vice presidents (VPs) have extraordinary computer knowledge in addition to a good sense of business practices and customer service. They are responsible for overseeing the engineering or research and development departments, and they generally report to the president or CEO. Engineering VPs can manage or oversee teams of engineers or developers and the projects and testing with which they are tasked.

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Vice President (VP), Engineering Tasks

  • Analyze available technology, market needs and existing resources to determine project feasibility.
  • Lead the engineering team, including coaching, allocating resources effectively and reviewing team performance.
  • Ensure that the product is fully and correctly defined and documented.
  • Coordinate and direct teams to complete projects, including documentation and integration of technical components.
  • Guide and approve financial decisions including ordering of materials, expenditures and reporting.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP), Engineering


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VPs of Engineering' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Chief Executive Officer. On average, Chief Executive Officers get paid about the same as VPs of Engineering do. Many VPs of Engineering go on to become Chief Technology Officers or VPs of Computer Software Engineering despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $29K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


Survey results imply that VPs of Engineering deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Product Development, Leadership, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Network Management / Administration, Operations Management, and SQL. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Product Development. Most people who know Leadership also know Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Engineering

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


For many VPs of Engineering, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $138K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $145K. VPs of Engineering see a median salary of $176K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $188K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $177,378

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for VPs of Engineering, 40 percent above the national average. VPs of Engineering will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 10 percent below the national average. Los Angeles and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Vice President (VP), Engineering

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
60%
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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries


National Average
$177,000




Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 9%



Software Architecture
up arrow 4%


Software Development
up arrow 2%



Business Development
0%

National Average
$177,000




SQL
up arrow 5%


Network Management / Administration
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
60%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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