Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Generous salaries abound for Computer Software Program Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Software Program Managers approaches anywhere from $70K on the lower end to $145K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $17K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Computer Software Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$69,077 - $133,372
(Median)
$69K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,586
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$13.71 - $108.50
(Median)
$14
$45
$110
MEDIAN: $45.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$69,077 - $133,372  
   
Bonus
$1,462 - $17,386  
Profit Sharing
$1,490 - $12,396  
Total Pay (?
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$69,794 - $144,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 641
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$0$60$120$180
Hourly Rate
$13.71 - $108.50  
   
Overtime
$8.25 - $163.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$120K$240K$360K
Bonus
$1,462 - $17,386  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,490 - $12,396  
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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$69,794 - $144,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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Job Description for Program Manager, Computer Software

A computer software program manager is responsible for developing software products, managing the development process, and helping with product launches. They work at all points in the project cycle and oversee the members of the program/project team, ensuring that all deadlines are met and goals are reached. Substantial testing is required to ensure software is ready for the market, and the program manager oversees this testing to ensure it is rigorous and successful. In all tasks, computer software program managers must manage the product development cycle to properly manage the concerns of project leads. For instance, if the software is not fully compatible with the hardware or there are significant features bugs, the program manager must work with hardware leads to resolve the issue in a timely manner. The program manager must also establish a viable schedule for hardware platform integration and development.

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Program Manager, Computer Software Tasks

  • Understand user conceptual requirements and needs.
  • Translate user requirements into software specifications, resource estimates, and schedules.
  • Plan, design, schedule and coordinate software development.
  • Work with software developers and quality assurance testers to produce the software.

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Computer Software


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As Computer Software Program Managers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Computer Software Management Director, their salaries may climb. Directors of Program Management, Computer Software make $132K annually on average. Going from Computer Software Program Manager to Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $127K. Many others choose to work as Product Manager of Softwares, where pay is typically $92K.

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Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Computer Software Program Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile, e-Commerce, Java, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Computer Software

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


For Computer Software Program Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $98K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $110K. On average, Computer Software Program Managers make $118K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Computer Software Program Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Computer Software Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Arlington (+13 percent), Mountain View (+12 percent), and San Jose (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Bellevue and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


National Average
$110,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Agile
up arrow 4%

e-Commerce
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Java
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 1%

UNIX
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Project Management
0%

National Average
$110,000

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Windows Operating System General Use
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 76% employee benefits None: 6%