Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary

Generous salaries abound for VPs of Engineering in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($149K) per year. Total cash incomes of VPs of Engineering run from $101K to $239K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $51K, profit sharing that reaches $30K, and some commissions of nearly $78K. Residence and years of experience 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 report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,966 - $203,636

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$24.30 - $80.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$97,966 - $203,636  
   
Bonus
$1,981 - $51,468  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $29,914  
Commission
$0.00 - $78,297  
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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$101,157 - $238,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,531
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.30 - $80.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $79.89  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,981 - $51,468  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $78,297  
Profit Sharing
$1,034 - $29,914  
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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$101,157 - $238,903  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Chief Executive Officer. Chief Executive Officers on average make about as much as VPs of Engineering do. VPs of Engineering most often advance into Chief Technology Officer and VP of Computer Software Engineering positions even though the median salaries are $19K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


Survey results imply that VPs of Engineering deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Program Management, Leadership, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Software Development, Operations Management, and Network Management / Administration. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Leadership and Product Development.

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

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


For VPs of Engineering, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $125K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $133K. For VPs of Engineering, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $161K. 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 $174K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for VPs of Engineering, 29 percent above the national average. VPs of Engineering will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+20 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (11 percent less) and Denver (5 percent less).

Vice President (VP), Engineering Advice

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

Vice President (VP), Engineering in Baton Rouge:
"I knew this would be an growing learning experience."
Be open and listen to your employees and help them think and work together.

Vice President (VP), Engineering in Montville:
"How Vastly Different School Is From The Business World."
You need a good business background to succeed at senior level Engineering positions.

Vice President (VP), Engineering in Los Angeles:
The forest and the trees are important. Build a strong team that is aligned around your vision. You cannot succeed without their commitment and buy in to implement it.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries


National Average
$165,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 18%

Program Management
up arrow 10%




People Management
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 2%

Business Development
up arrow 1%

National Average
$165,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 6%

Operations Management
up arrow 7%

Software Development
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
61%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%
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