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

VPs of Computer Software Engineering in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $154K per year. In the world of VPs of Computer Software Engineering, overall income ranges from $109K near the bottom to $227K at the top; this can include more than $49K from bonuses and more than $44K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most VPs of Computer Software Engineering report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$105,140 - $198,510
MEDIAN: $154,054

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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.
$105,140 - $198,510  
$5,766 - $48,995  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $44,042  
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).
$108,954 - $227,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 528
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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.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP), Engineering (Computer Software)

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VPs of Computer Software Engineering often transition into an upper level Chief Technology Officer position and may see a small drop in pay. Chief Technology Officers earn $145K on average.

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

Survey results imply that VPs of Computer Software Engineering deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cloud Computing, UNIX, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Ruby on Rails, C#, and Agile. The majority of those who know Project Management also know Linux and C++.

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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Annually raking in $118K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. VPs of Computer Software Engineering with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $164K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $179K on average.

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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

Cloud Computing
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Project Management
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Ruby on Rails
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 5%