Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Computer Software Program Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $103K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Software Program Managers bottoms out near $62K and approaches $152K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $20K from bonuses and almost $30K from profit sharing. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. Male Computer Software Program Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (60 percent) are men. For the most part, Computer Software Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$61,690 - $139,614
$62K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,997
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50%
90%

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$16.00 - $62.75
$16
$35
$63
MEDIAN: $34.67
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$61,690 - $139,614  
   
Bonus
$974 - $20,089  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,000  
Commission
$25,000  
Total Pay (?
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$61,583 - $152,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 370
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Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $62.75  
   
Overtime
$46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$974 - $20,089  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $30,000  
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).
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$61,583 - $152,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Program Manager, Computer Software


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As Computer Software Program Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Product Management Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Product Management Directors earn $140K on average per year. With an annual salary of $129K, Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is the most common role for Computer Software Program Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Product Manager of Software role — which usually pays $92K — is also typical for Computer Software Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software


The biggest paychecks can be found at Google, Inc. — the median salary there is $158K.

The pay scale is far from balanced at Amazon.com Inc. While salaries on one end can reach $156K, the company's median pay sits at $101K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile Software Development, SQL, Program Management, and Agile are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access, Windows Operating System General Use, and HTML. Those familiar with Program Management also tend to know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Computer Software

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Software Program Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals with less than five years' experience take home around $92K. In contrast, though, people who have been on the job for five to 10 years report a six-figure median of $112K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $120K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $130K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,029

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Computer Software Program Managers, busy Mountain View offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Computer Software Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+13 percent), New York (+12 percent), Redmond (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Workers in Atlanta and Bellevue earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Program Manager, Computer Software

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

▲19%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$109,000

▼15%

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries



SQL
▲6%

▲5%


C++
▲3%

UNIX
▲2%

Microsoft SQL Server
▲2%


National Average
$109,000

Visual Basic (VB)
▼1%



▼12%


Microsoft Access
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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