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Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Salary

VPs of Computer Software Engineering enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($158K) annually in the United States. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $49K each, total incomes of VPs of Computer Software Engineering generally range from $114K to $231K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$109,620 - $199,727
MEDIAN: $157,849

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$109,620 - $199,727  
$4,916 - $49,141  
Profit Sharing
$1,949 - $49,493  
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).
$113,971 - $230,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 532

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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software)

The vice president of engineering (computer software) is typically a member of the organization's management team and is responsible for managing the entire software development team. Their main objective is to work with project and product management to ensure products - and the product development process - meets the need of the organization and its customers.


Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Tasks

  • Participate in the strategic decisions about technology, definition, and implementation of the software products.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of a multi-team or cross-functional organization.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with creating software across multiple functional areas and products.
  • Hire, review, and fire managers.
  • Prioritize and allocate projects, products, and resources with the assistance of architects and managers.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software)

VPs of Computer Software Engineering report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, UNIX, Oracle, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Ruby on Rails, SQL, and C#. For most people, competency in Project Management indicates knowledge of Linux, C++, and Java.

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

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

VPs of Computer Software Engineering with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Annually raking in $125K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $168K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $178K.

Pay Difference by Location

For VPs of Computer Software Engineering, working in the bustling city of Palo Alto has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. VPs of Computer Software Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+15 percent), Portland (+10 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Boston (7 percent less) and Austin (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%