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

Generous salaries abound for VPs of Computer Software Engineering in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($156K) per year. Overall cash earnings for VPs of Computer Software Engineering vary widely between $109K and $231K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $49K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and experience level 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. Work is enjoyable for VPs of Computer Software Engineering, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$105,735 - $199,807
MEDIAN: $156,131

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$105,735 - $199,807  
$4,995 - $49,168  
Profit Sharing
$1,949 - $49,493  
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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).
$109,487 - $230,530  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 534

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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 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 $145K.

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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, skills in Cloud Computing, UNIX, Oracle, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Ruby on Rails, SQL, and Project Management. 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $122K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $146K. VPs of Computer Software Engineering see a median salary of $167K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $178K.

Pay Difference by Location

VPs of Computer Software Engineering will find that Palo Alto offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. VPs of Computer Software Engineering will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+16 percent), Portland (+11 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Boston (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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%