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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. Cash earnings of VPs of Computer Software Engineering can occasionally include $49K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $115K to almost $230K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$110,362 - $199,590
MEDIAN: $157,702

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$110,362 - $199,590  
$4,855 - $48,760  
Profit Sharing
$1,949 - $49,493  
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).
$115,079 - $229,529  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 548
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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.

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

VPs of Computer Software Engineering seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, UNIX, Oracle, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Ruby on Rails, SQL, and Project Management. Most people who know 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.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $125K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $148K. For VPs of Computer Software Engineering, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $168K. VPs of Computer Software Engineering who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $177K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

Home to some of the best pay for VPs of Computer Software Engineering, Palo Alto offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. VPs of Computer Software Engineering can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+15 percent), Portland (+11 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Boston and 5 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 97 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%