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Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary (United States)

Average pay for a VP of Engineering in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $162K per year. Cash earnings for VPs of Engineering — including $51K in bonuses and $22K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $100K to $235K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most VPs of Engineering report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary (?
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$96,491 - $200,943
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MEDIAN: $146,618
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$22.30 - $81.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$96,491 - $200,943  
   
Bonus
$3,890 - $50,687  
Profit Sharing
$1,937 - $22,200  
Commission
$250.00 - $55,000  
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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$100,070 - $234,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,497
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$22.30 - $81.49  
   
Overtime
$27.75 - $58.98  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,890 - $50,687  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $55,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,937 - $22,200  
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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$100,070 - $234,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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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As VPs of Engineering transition into upper-level roles, like Chief Executive Officers, they often do not see a change in salary. Chief Executive Officers usually earn the same amount as VPs of Engineering. VPs of Engineering most frequently advance into Chief Technology Officer and VP of Computer Software Engineering roles even though the median salaries are $18K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering

VPs of Engineering report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Leadership, Product Development, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Operations Management. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of 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. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $125K per year. VPs of Engineering who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $156K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $171K. Those with one to 10 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, VPs of Engineering report having spent more than 20 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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$162,000
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For those looking to make money, VPs of Engineering in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Irvine, Houston, San Francisco, and Boston, where VPs of Engineering annually earn 21 percent, 11 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent more than the national average. Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Austin (6 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 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

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$162,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

Program Management
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Budget Management
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Systems Engineering
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People Management
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$162,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 4%