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

The three highest-paying cities for VPs of Computer Software Engineering (Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco) are all in California. Total cash compensation to VPs of Computer Software Engineering varies from $122K to $232K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $49K each. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most VPs of Computer Software Engineering report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$117,522 - $202,964
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$120K
$160K
$200K
MEDIAN: $160,073
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$117,522 - $202,964  
   
Bonus
$4,909 - $49,397  
Profit Sharing
$2,047 - $48,479  
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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$121,638 - $231,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 590
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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.

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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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VPs of Computer Software Engineering who take on a higher-level position such as Chief Technology Officer may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Chief Technology Officers on average bring home $147K.

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


Survey takers working as VPs of Computer Software Engineering report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, People Management, Leadership, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Ruby on Rails, C#, and SQL. Those familiar with SQL tend to be well versed in Linux. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Java and Linux.

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

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $136K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $173K. VPs of Computer Software Engineering with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $179K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $170,546

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Relative to VPs of Computer Software Engineering in the rest of the country, VPs of Computer Software Engineering in Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (8 percent lower) and Asheville (7 percent lower).

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



National Average
$171,000


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

Cloud Computing
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People Management
up arrow 5%

Leadership
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 1%

Software Architecture
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Agile
0%

National Average
$171,000

Oracle
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Software Development Management
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C++
up arrow 4%


HTML
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SQL
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C#
up arrow 8%

Ruby on Rails
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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