Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Computer Software Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Computer Software Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $19K from bonuses and close to $18K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $70K and $149K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though years of experience and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Men account for the majority of Computer Software Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Computer Software Program Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,220 - $137,097
(Median)
$69K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $105,241
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$19.39 - $109.26
(Median)
$19
$52
$110
MEDIAN: $52.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,220 - $137,097  
   
Bonus
$1,202 - $19,383  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $17,664  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$70,492 - $149,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 680
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$19.39 - $109.26  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $238.39  
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$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,202 - $19,383  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $17,664  
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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$70,492 - $149,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Computer Software Program Managers who move on to become IT Senior Program Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $133K. A Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role is the most common promotion for Computer Software Program Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $128K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Computer Software Program Managers is a Product Manager of Software position, where earnings are usually $92K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software


Amazon.com Inc offers the least money; the median income there is just $101K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $62K and $171K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Survey results imply that Computer Software Program Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in e-Commerce, Agile, Java, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, and HTML. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent in Program Management and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Microsoft Office tend to be well versed in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $99K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $111K. Computer Software Program Managers see a median salary of $122K after reaching 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 $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $112,336

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

For those looking to make money, Computer Software Program Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Computer Software Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+11 percent), Mountain View (+9 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and San Jose (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Bellevue also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries



National Average
$112,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

e-Commerce
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Agile
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Java
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Program Management
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C++
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National Average
$112,000

Project Management
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Windows Operating System General Use
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UNIX
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Microsoft Office
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Visual Basic (VB)
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SQL
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HTML
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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