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

For VPs of Computer Software Engineering, the fattest paychecks can be found in the Golden State; the three highest-paying cities in the field are Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco. Total cash compensation to VPs of Computer Software Engineering ranges from $120K on the lower end to $231K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $49K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and years of experience 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. For the most part, VPs of Computer Software Engineering enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$115,163 - $201,952
MEDIAN: $159,865

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National Salary Data (?
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$115,163 - $201,952  
$4,848 - $49,185  
Profit Sharing
$2,041 - $48,722  
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).
$119,835 - $230,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 588
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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

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Many VPs of Computer Software Engineering move into Chief Technology Officer roles. Chief Technology Officers seem to make a little less than VPs of Computer Software Engineering as their salaries average out to $147K a year.

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Popular Skills for

VPs of Computer Software Engineering seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Cloud Computing, People Management, Leadership, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Ruby on Rails, SQL, and C#. For most people, competency in Project Management indicates knowledge of Linux and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for

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. Annually raking in $133K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. On average, VPs of Computer Software Engineering make $172K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $179K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

Relative to VPs of Computer Software Engineering in the rest of the country, VPs of Computer Software Engineering in Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Asheville (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Cloud Computing
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People Management
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Software Architecture
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.


3 %
97 %

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: 4%