Average pay for a VP of Engineering in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $156K per year. Total cash compensation to VPs of Engineering approaches anywhere from $109K on the lower end to $252K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $56K from bonuses and upwards of $46K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs of Engineering. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$102,539 - $215,000
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MEDIAN: $155,973
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$24.75 - $93.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$90K$180K$270K
Salary
$102,539 - $215,000  
   
Bonus
$3,041 - $56,482  
Profit Sharing
$814 - $45,553  
Commission
$10,067 - $79,463  
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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$108,605 - $252,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,158
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.75 - $93.70  
   
Overtime
$36.99 - $94.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,041 - $56,482  
   
Commission
$10,067 - $79,463  
Profit Sharing
$814 - $45,553  
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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$108,605 - $252,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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.

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VPs of Engineering may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Chief Executive Officer. Chief Executive Officers on average make about as much as VPs of Engineering do. Many VPs of Engineering choose to become Chief Technology Officers and VP of Computer Software Engineerings as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $28K less and $13K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering


VPs of Engineering report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Leadership, Software Architecture, and Product Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, Project Management, and Engineering Design. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Project Management and Product Development. Those proficient in Leadership are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


For VPs of Engineering, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries can reach six figures almost right off the bat; beginning workers who have less than five years' experience bring in a median of $136K per year. On average, VPs of Engineering make $176K following one to two decades on the job. VPs of Engineering who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $183K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $176,068

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

Home to some of the best pay for VPs of Engineering, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 40 percent above the national average. VPs of Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+18 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Austin earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries



National Average
$176,000



Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering Salaries

UNIX
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Software Architecture
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Program Management
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Budget Management
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Software Development
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Systems Engineering
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National Average
$176,000

People Management
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Business Development
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Operations Management
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Network Management / Administration
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Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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SQL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 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
32%
20 years or more
61%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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