Average pay for Software Apps Development Managers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($115K). Total incomes of Software Apps Development Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $87K and $155K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Software Apps Development Managers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Most Software Apps Development Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$86,506 - $144,172
MEDIAN: $114,989

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National Salary Data (?
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$86,506 - $144,172  
$2,061 - $24,548  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $9,731  
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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).
$87,006 - $154,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 232

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Job Description for Applications Development Manager, Computer Software

Application development managers for computer software are responsible for leading the development of computer software and managing a team of software development engineers. They work with the staff to motivate them and provide overall project direction, along with technical expertise when required. Additionally, application development managers are also part of the hiring process, and they help train new hires as well. The typical day for application development managers might include several project update meetings with development team members, providing updates for leaders within their organization, helping resolve technical and logistical problems, and managing direct reports. They work in an office environment, usually with a computer, throughout most of the day.


Applications Development Manager, Computer Software Tasks

  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Act as a resource for software developers on policies, procedures and technical issues.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with writing software.

Common Career Paths for Applications Development Manager, Computer Software

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A lot of Software Apps Development Managers move on to become Software Engineering Directors, that group gets paid a slightly higher $138K on average. Becoming an IT Applications Development Director is, more often than not, the most common role that Software Apps Development Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $129K. Another frequent advance is for Software Apps Development Managers to assume an Information Technology Director role; in this role, workers often earn $103K.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Manager, Computer Software

Software Apps Development Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Java, Oracle, JavaScript, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET, Microsoft Word, and ASP.NET. Most people familiar with .NET also know Microsoft SQL Server.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Development Manager, Computer Software

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

For Software Apps Development Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $93K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $113K. On average, Software Apps Development Managers make $122K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $131K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $120,167

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For Software Apps Development Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Apps Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+9 percent) and Minneapolis (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Boston and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.


14 %
86 %

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: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 4%