Vice President (VP), Technology Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for VPs of Technology — close to one-third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $161K. Overall cash earnings for VPs of Technology stretch from $99K on the lower end to $241K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $51K from bonuses and $45K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$93,182 - $201,167
MEDIAN: $146,591

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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.
$93,182 - $201,167  
$2,750 - $50,565  
Profit Sharing
$2,750 - $45,000  
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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).
$98,597 - $240,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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Job Description for Vice President (VP), Technology

  • Support technology infrastructure with strategic priorities, appropriate resource allocation, and technical leadership.
  • Develop new technology products with informed market research and understanding of resources.
  • Manage internal teams to keep internal and external technology functioning at needed levels.
  • Manage requirements and documentation processes for the organization.

Common Career Paths for Vice President (VP), Technology

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VPs of Technology who transition into an upper level Chief Technology Officer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Chief Technology Officer makes $146K a year.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Technology

VPs of Technology seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Agile, Strategic Project Management, and Software Development Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 26 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Product Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in People Management also know Software Architecture.

Pay by Experience Level for Vice President (VP), Technology

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $147K per year. After working for 10 to 20 years, VPs of Technology make a median salary of $163K. VPs of Technology who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $180K.

Pay Difference by Location

Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, VPs of Technology in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. VPs of Technology can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Chicago and Seattle.

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Technology Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Technology Salaries

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Strategic Project Management
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Software Development Management
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Strategic Planning
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Software Development
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People Management
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National Average

Web Development
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Product Development
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Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.


10 %
90 %

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: 70% employee benefits None: 6%