Vice President (VP), Engineering Salary

VPs of Engineering in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $152K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $54K, $41K, and $78K, respectively — total cash payment to VPs of Engineering can bottom out near $103K or top out at around $246K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs of Engineering. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$99,610 - $206,010
(Median)
$100K
$150K
$210K
MEDIAN: $151,524
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$24.30 - $80.00
(Median)
$24
$49
$80
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$99,610 - $206,010  
   
Bonus
$1,984 - $53,759  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $40,605  
Commission
$0.00 - $77,566  
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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$102,929 - $245,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,702
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.30 - $80.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $75.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,984 - $53,759  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $77,566  
Profit Sharing
$1,026 - $40,605  
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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$102,929 - $245,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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. 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 $22K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


VPs of Engineering seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Program Management, Leadership, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Operations Management, Network Management / Administration, and Project Management. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Project Management and Product Development. Those familiar with Leadership tend to be well versed in Product Development and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Engineering

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


VPs of Engineering do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $130K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $167K. As VPs of Engineering reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $176K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $168,987

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For VPs of Engineering, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. VPs of Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+24 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Houston (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Compared to the national average, Austin VPs of Engineering have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and San Diego (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries


National Average
$169,000




Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
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Software Architecture
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People Management
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Systems Engineering
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Software Development
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Business Development
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SQL
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National Average
$169,000

Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Network Management / Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
61%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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