Vice President (VP), Technology Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for VPs of Technology — close to a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $161K. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $50K and $45K, respectively — total cash payment to VPs of Technology can bottom out near $98K or peak near $240K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for VPs of Technology, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$92,978 - $200,952
MEDIAN: $146,704

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$92,978 - $200,952  
$2,750 - $50,482  
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).
$98,298 - $240,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Chief Technology Officer. Median pay for Chief Technology Officers is $146K.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Technology

Survey takers working as VPs of Technology report using a large range of professional skills. Lucky workers who know Agile can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. Strategic Project Management and Software Development Management are also correlated to pay that is above average, looking at an increase of 27 percent. 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 familiar with 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.

Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $147K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($139K) on average. For VPs of Technology, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $164K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $181K.

Pay Difference by Location

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for VPs of Technology, 36 percent higher than the national average. VPs of Technology can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+19 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Seattle (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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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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 87 votes.


9 %
91 %

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%