Applications Development Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $111K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Applications Development Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $22K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $14K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $86K and $152K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Applications Development Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a large number. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$83,077 - $136,406
MEDIAN: $111,147

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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.
$83,077 - $136,406  
$2,959 - $21,512  
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $13,702  
Total Pay (?
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).
$85,998 - $151,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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Job Description for Applications Development Manager

An applications development manager supervises applications developers who help create software. Given the number of industries employing software, applications development managers can be found in fields as diverse as healthcare, video game development, government, and military. An applications development manager can expect manager-level peers, entry-level subordinates, and director-level supervisors. Applications development managers may have customers and clients who are internal to the institutions that employ them, or they may have external customers and clients.


Applications Development Manager Tasks

  • Build enhancements within an existing software architecture.
  • Direct the development process from initial planning and analysis through release and maintenance, tracking, and reporting on progress.
  • Evaluate technical solutions and guide our products towards compatible architectures.
  • Direct management of engineers, process and quality of service improvements, and strategic planning.
  • Track releases to ensure on-time delivery of new software within budget.

Common Career Paths for Applications Development Manager

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As Applications Development Managers transition into upper-level roles like IT Applications Development Directors, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. IT Applications Development Directors earn the same amount as Applications Development Managers on average. Applications Development Managers most often advance into Software Applications Development Manager and Information Technology Director positions even though the median salaries are $13K lower and $15K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Applications Development Manager

Survey takers working as Applications Development Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oracle, Java, Agile Software Development, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include JavaScript, Visual Basic, and ASP.NET. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in Microsoft SQL Server and C#. Skill sets containing SQL also tend to include C#.

Pay by Experience Level for Applications Development Manager

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

Applications Development Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $94K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $111K. Applications Development Managers see a median salary of $122K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $125K.

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Experience Affects Applications Development Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.


20 %
80 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 81%
dental benefits
None: 5%