Engineering Manager, Computer Software Salary

Computer Software Engineering Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $120K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Overall cash earnings for Computer Software Engineering Managers stretch from $91K on the lower end to $167K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $24K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision insurance. Men account for the majority of Computer Software Engineering Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 89 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Software Engineering Managers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$85,247 - $151,813
MEDIAN: $120,011

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National Salary Data (?
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$85,247 - $151,813  
$2,051 - $23,672  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,203  
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).
$90,515 - $167,177  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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Job Description for Engineering Manager, Computer Software

  • 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 Engineering Manager, Computer Software

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Many Computer Software Engineering Managers move into a Software Engineering role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Software Engineering Directors on average bring in a similar salary to Computer Software Engineering Managers.

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Survey results suggest that Computer Software Engineering Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C, Java, UNIX, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SQL, C#, and .NET.

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Experience Affects Engineering Manager, Computer Software Salaries

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Skills That Affect Engineering Manager, Computer Software Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 97%
dental benefits
Dental: 93%
medical benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 2%