Engineering Manager, Computer Software Salary

Computer Software Engineering Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $118K per year on average. Total cash compensation for Computer Software Engineering Managers runs from $87K to $162K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $22K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Most Computer Software Engineering Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a large number have vision insurance. Men account for the majority of Computer Software Engineering Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact.

$84,833 - $149,909
MEDIAN: $117,818

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$84,833 - $149,909  
$1.27 - $22,479  
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).
$87,297 - $162,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | 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.

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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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Computer Software Engineering Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, C, UNIX, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, C#, and .NET.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.


12 %
88 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 97% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 2%