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

VPs of Computer Software Engineering receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $158K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Incomes of VPs of Computer Software Engineering vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $49K cause paychecks to spread between $117K on the low end and $230K on the high end. Residence and experience level 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs of Computer Software Engineering. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$111,814 - $199,862
MEDIAN: $157,916

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$111,814 - $199,862  
$4,883 - $49,021  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $49,316  
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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).
$116,885 - $229,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 562
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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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Many VPs of Computer Software Engineering transition into upper-level roles like Chief Technology Officer. However, Chief Technology Officers do report a slightly lower median income of $146K per year.

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

Survey results imply that VPs of Computer Software Engineering deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, UNIX, Oracle, and Java 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#. Most people experienced in Project Management also know 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.

For VPs of Computer Software Engineering, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $130K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $149K. VPs of Computer Software Engineering bring in $168K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $177K.

Pay Difference by Location

For VPs of Computer Software Engineering, busy Palo Alto offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. VPs of Computer Software Engineering will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+15 percent), Portland (+11 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 9 percent below the national average. Employers in Chicago and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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 95 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 5%