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Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary

Salaries for VPs of Engineering in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($149K) per year. Cash earnings of VPs of Engineering — including $52K in bonuses, $30K in profit sharing proceeds, and $70K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $100K to approximately $241K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most VPs of Engineering like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,487 - $203,448
(Median)
$97K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $148,854
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$22.47 - $81.29
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $40
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$97,487 - $203,448  
   
Bonus
$2,030 - $51,622  
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $29,651  
Commission
$0.00 - $70,000  
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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$100,294 - $240,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.47 - $81.29  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $79.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,030 - $51,622  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $70,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $29,651  
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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$100,294 - $240,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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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 make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Chief Executive Officer position pays around the same amount as the VP of Engineering job on average. 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 $19K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Software Architecture, Program Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Software Development, Operations Management, and Network Management / Administration. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled 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 VPs of Engineering, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Substantial, six-figure paychecks show up early in this area; folks who have worked for fewer than five years report earning a median of $122K. On average, VPs of Engineering make $161K following one to two decades on the job. As VPs of Engineering reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $174K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, VPs of Engineering in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. VPs of Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+19 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+11 percent). VPs of Engineering in Austin make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Portland and Denver (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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.

Related Job Salaries

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries


National Average
$165,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 26%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 17%

Software Architecture
up arrow 15%

Program Management
up arrow 10%




SQL
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Business Development
up arrow 1%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

National Average
$165,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 6%

Operations Management
up arrow 10%

Software Development
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 319 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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 5%
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