Male VPs of Computer Software Engineering number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $166K per year in the United States. Total incomes of VPs of Computer Software Engineering incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $55K from bonuses and close to $43K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $122K and $242K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for VPs of Computer Software Engineering is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$116,490 - $211,732
MEDIAN: $165,803

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$116,490 - $211,732  
$5,000 - $54,954  
Profit Sharing
$4,943 - $43,000  
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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).
$122,247 - $242,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 311

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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software)

The vice president of engineering (computer software) is typically a member of the organization's management team and is responsible for managing the entire software development team. Their main objective is to work with project and product management to ensure products - and the product development process - meets the need of the organization and its customers.


Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Tasks

  • Hire, review, and fire managers.
  • Prioritize and allocate projects, products, and resources with the assistance of architects and managers.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with creating software across multiple functional areas and products.
  • Participate in the strategic decisions about technology, definition, and implementation of the software products.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of a multi-team or cross-functional organization.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software)

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VPs of Computer Software Engineering often transition into a Chief Technology Officer position. Chief Technology Officers report a slightly lower median income of $148K.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software)

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, Java, Leadership, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, C#, and Windows Operating System General Use. C++ and Java are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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

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

For VPs of Computer Software Engineering, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $141K on average, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out. VPs of Computer Software Engineering with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $176K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $183K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $173,560

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California is a land of opportunity for VPs of Computer Software Engineering. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. Compared to the national average, Denver VPs of Computer Software Engineering have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Austin and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Salaries

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People Management
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Agile Software Development
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Software Development Management

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.


5 %
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 5%