Applications Development Manager Salary

Applications Development Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $106K per year on average. Total incomes of Applications Development Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $20K from bonuses and close to $16K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $83K and $147K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Applications Development Managers are male. The majority of Applications Development Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$79,664 - $132,945
MEDIAN: $106,369

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$79,664 - $132,945  
$1,479 - $20,448  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $16,000  
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).
$83,384 - $147,251  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 593
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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

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Although it's unusual, some Applications Development Managers transition into jobs as IT Applications Development Directors. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $128K per year, though. Applications Development Managers most often move into Software Applications Development Manager or Information Technology Director roles. However, the former pays $9K less on average, and the latter pays $12K less.

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Popular Skills for

Applications Development Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Oracle, Java, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing PHP as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. JavaScript and Visual Basic also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Microsoft SQL Server and C#. Most people who know SQL also know C#.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although inexperienced employees take home approximately $95K, those who have five to 10 years under their belts benefit from a six-figure median of $104K. On average, Applications Development Managers make $117K following one to two decades on the job. Applications Development Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $121K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.


18 %
82 %

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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%