Build and Release Engineers in the United States take home an average $88K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Build and Release Engineers are male. The majority of Build and Release Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$62,202 - $123,787
(Median)
$62K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,702
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50%
90%

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$27.62 - $65.89
(Median)
$28
$44
$66
MEDIAN: $44.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,202 - $123,787  
   
Bonus
$997 - $15,050  
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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).
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$62,613 - $127,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.62 - $65.89  
   
Overtime
$46.13  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$997 - $15,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,600  
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).
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$62,613 - $127,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Build and Release Engineer

Build and release engineers are in charge of the software design, building phases, and release duties for their organization. They create and maintain infrastructure to build software applications, as well as test and troubleshoot code before release. They are also responsible for executing and coordinating integration of software elements, overseeing testing procedures to identify compatibility or performance issues, and using complex engineering tools to automate processes and increase productivity. Build and release engineers create a release schedule, taking into account build requirements and complexity. They also verify build integrity before deployment, run proprietary software to modify project needs and oversee build progress. These professionals develop easy-to-understand instructions for release and create detailed reports for upper management. They also implement optimizations for better performance and reduced memory consumption.

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Build and Release Engineer Tasks

  • Customize source code, coordinate code changes, and bug tracking tools.
  • Manage source code, change control, configuration management, and build deployment activities.
  • Resolve build issues.
  • Develop and maintain build platforms, packaging, deployment, testing and releases.
  • Research new improvements to framework build, packaging and deployment.

Common Career Paths for Build and Release Engineer


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For Build and Release Engineers, progressing to a Senior Release Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Release Engineer can earn $119K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Build and Release Engineer

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


For many Build and Release Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $75K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $93K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $111K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $113K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Build and Release Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$90,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Build and Release Engineer Salaries

Automation Scripting
up arrow 2%

Build Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$90,000

Continuous Deployment
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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