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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 ($148K) per year. Overall incomes of VPs of Engineering — including $52K bonuses, $29K profit sharing proceeds, and $70K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $100K and $241K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$97,161 - $203,360
(Median)
$97K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $148,321
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$23.99 - $80.72
(Median)
$24
$46
$81
MEDIAN: $45.00
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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
$97,161 - $203,360  
   
Bonus
$2,063 - $51,697  
Profit Sharing
$1,935 - $29,233  
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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$99,714 - $240,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,519
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$23.99 - $80.72  
   
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
$2,063 - $51,697  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $70,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,935 - $29,233  
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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$99,714 - $240,573  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25

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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, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Chief Executive Officers earn the same amount as VPs of Engineering on average. 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 $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


VPs of Engineering seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Software Architecture, Program Management, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Development, Operations Management, and Network Management / Administration. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. VPs of Engineering in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $124K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $130K. On average, VPs of Engineering make $160K following one to two decades on the job. 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, 31 percent above the national average. VPs of Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+18 percent), Irvine (+13 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Employers in Seattle and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 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
$164,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 18%

Software Architecture
up arrow 16%

Program Management
up arrow 11%




People Management
up arrow 3%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Business Development
up arrow 1%

National Average
$164,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 5%

Operations Management
up arrow 7%

Software Development
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 321 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

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%