Vice President (VP), Technology Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (approximately one in three) of final income for VPs of Technology. That final number averages out to $161K across the industry. Total cash compensation for VPs of Technology runs from $102K to $244K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $56K and profit sharing that can reach almost $40K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for VPs of Technology, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$95,635 - $202,154

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$95,635 - $202,154  
$2,547 - $55,974  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $40,000  
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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).
$101,635 - $243,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 440
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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 go on to become Chief Technology Officers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Chief Technology Officer, an upper-level role, pays $147K.

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Popular Skills for Vice President (VP), Technology

VPs of Technology report using a deep pool 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 32 percent, 27 percent, and 26 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. It is often found that people who know People Management are also skilled in Software Architecture.

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

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

The average inexperienced worker earns $147K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $138K. VPs of Technology claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $161K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $183K.

Pay Difference by Location

For those looking to make money, VPs of Technology in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 38 percent above the national average. VPs of Technology will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Seattle (5 percent lower and 2 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

Software Development
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Strategic Project Management
up arrow 26%

Software Development Management
up arrow 25%

Strategic Planning
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Product Development
up arrow 9%

People Management
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National Average

Web Development
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 33%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 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: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%