Vice President (VP), Technology Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for VPs of Technology. The median take-home amount in this area is around $160K, and on average, approximately one-third of that final number comes from commissions. Total cash earnings of VPs of Technology range from $101K on the low end to $239K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $55K and $41K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of VPs of Technology claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$95,085 - $201,031
MEDIAN: $147,548

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$95,085 - $201,031  
$2,003 - $55,116  
Profit Sharing
$1,973 - $40,547  
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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).
$101,057 - $238,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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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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Many VPs of Technology move into a Chief Technology Officer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Chief Technology Officers on average bring in a similar salary to VPs of Technology.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Technology

VPs of Technology report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Agile, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 35 percent, 28 percent, and 27 percent, respectively. Those listing Windows Operating System General Use as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and Web 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.

VPs of Technology do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Annually raking in $133K, the average professional in this position sees a six-figure salary within the first five years. VPs of Technology claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $160K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $181K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $159,712

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for VPs of Technology, 38 percent above the national average. VPs of Technology can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and New York (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (5 percent lower) and Austin (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Vice President (VP), Technology Salaries

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Skills That Affect Vice President (VP), Technology Salaries

Software Development
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Strategic Project Management
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Software Development Management
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Product Development
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Strategic Planning
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People Management
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Web 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 79 votes.


9 %
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 6%