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. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $48K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $118K and hits $228K on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most VPs of Computer Software Engineering. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$112,501 - $200,168

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National Salary Data (?
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$112,501 - $200,168  
$4,883 - $48,002  
Profit Sharing
$1,993 - $48,177  
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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).
$117,644 - $227,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 569
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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 $146K.

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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 Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, C#, and Project Management. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Linux, Java, 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.

For many VPs of Computer Software Engineering, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $125K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, VPs of Computer Software Engineering make a median salary of $168K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $177K.

Pay Difference by Location

Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for VPs of Computer Software Engineering, 34 percent above the national average. VPs of Computer Software Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+13 percent), Portland (+13 percent), San Francisco (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (8 percent less) and Austin (6 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 92 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%