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

VP of Engineerings receive generous compensation in the United States—earning an average of $161,529 per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $96,491 and peaks near $200,943, incorporates potential for more than $51K from bonuses and close to $22K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of VP of Engineerings claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary (?
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$96,491 - $200,943
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MEDIAN: $146,618
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Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary (?
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$22.30 - $81.49  
   
Overtime
$27.75 - $58.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for VP of Engineerings. At the upper end, those who move into a Chief Executive Officer role will bring in a similar salary to their current position. VP of Engineerings most often move into positions as Chief Technology Officers or VP of Computer Software Engineerings, where they typically take pay cuts of $17,586 or $1,231 per year.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering

VP of Engineerings 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in 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 VP of Engineerings, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Compensation begins at $125K per year, a generous six-figure sum for those just starting out in the field. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $156K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and VP of Engineerings at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $171K. The majority of VP of Engineerings have only more than 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with one to 10 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$162,000
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For VP of Engineerings, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. VP of Engineerings can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+21 percent), Houston (+11 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -6 percent in Atlanta and -6 percent in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Vice President (VP), Engineering Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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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SQL
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Systems Engineering
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Business Development
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People Management
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$162,000
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Network Management / Administration
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 422 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

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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%
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