Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary

Compensation for VPs of Engineering in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($149K). Total cash incomes of VPs of Engineering run from $101K to $240K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $52K, profit sharing that reaches $30K, and some commissions of nearly $78K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most VPs of Engineering report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$97,675 - $203,451
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$98K
$150K
$200K
MEDIAN: $149,182
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$22.30 - $81.49
(Median)
$22
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$81
MEDIAN: $48.00
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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
$97,675 - $203,451  
   
Bonus
$1,988 - $51,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $29,559  
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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$100,561 - $240,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.30 - $81.49  
   
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
$1,988 - $51,795  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $78,297  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $29,559  
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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$100,561 - $240,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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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VPs of Engineering sometimes move into a Chief Executive Officer role, where the salary is similar. 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 $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


VPs of Engineering report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Program Management, Product Development, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Software Development, Operations Management, and Network Management / Administration. The majority of those who know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $125K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $130K. After working for 10 to 20 years, VPs of Engineering make a median salary of $161K. VPs of Engineering who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $174K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for VPs of Engineering, 33 percent above the national average. VPs of Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+19 percent), Houston (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), and Boston (+12 percent). VPs of Engineering in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (10 percent lower) and Denver (6 percent lower).

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


National Average
$164,000



Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
up arrow 18%

Program Management
up arrow 11%




SQL
up arrow 3%

Software Architecture
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 1%

Business Development
0%

National Average
$164,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Network Management / Administration
up arrow 6%

Operations Management
up arrow 8%

Software Development
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 295 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
32%
20 years or more
61%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%
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