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

Six-figure salaries are the norm for VPs of Computer Software Engineering in the United States, with median pay hovering around $158K per year. Overall cash earnings of VPs of Computer Software Engineering stretch from $117K near the bottom to $230K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $49K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of VPs of Computer Software Engineering claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$112,018 - $200,222
MEDIAN: $158,199

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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.
$112,018 - $200,222  
$4,899 - $49,160  
Profit Sharing
$1,957 - $49,316  
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).
$117,115 - $230,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 567
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, UNIX, Oracle, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Ruby on Rails, SQL, and C#. Those educated in Project Management tend to be well versed in 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $130K. On average, VPs of Computer Software Engineering make $169K following one to two decades on the job. VPs of Computer Software Engineering who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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 (+14 percent), Portland (+11 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Austin (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
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

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