Average pay for a Computer Software Program Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $103K per year. Total cash compensation to Computer Software Program Managers ranges from $62K on the lower end to $152K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. For the most part, Computer Software Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$62,478 - $139,548
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MEDIAN: $103,299
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$62,478 - $139,548  
   
Bonus
$1,021 - $20,125  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
Commission
$25,000  
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$61,931 - $151,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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Hourly Rate
$15.89 - $63.01  
   
Overtime
$45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,021 - $20,125  
   
Commission
$25,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$61,931 - $151,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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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Computer Software Program Managers who go on to become Product Management Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Product Management Directors is $140K annually. The most common career progression for Computer Software Program Managers leads to becoming a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications, where average pay is $129K annually. However, many Computer Software Program Managers also opt to become Product Managers of Software. Typically, a Product Manager of Software brings home $92K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software


For Computer Software Program Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Google, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $158K, the highest in the area.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Amazon.com Inc — the median salary there is $105K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $63K and $146K.

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 SQL, Agile Software Development, Program Management, and Agile are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Access, and HTML. For most people, competency in Program Management indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

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. Individuals with fewer than five years of experience earn $95K on average, but those in the five-to-10 year group see a six-figure median of $111K. Computer Software Program Managers bring in $122K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $128K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,592

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

For Computer Software Program Managers, New York provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than the national average. Computer Software Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+20 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Redmond (+13 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (12 percent lower) and Bellevue (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Program Manager, Computer Software

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries




National Average
$110,000


Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries


SQL
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up arrow 5%


C++
up arrow 3%

UNIX
up arrow 2%


Microsoft SQL Server
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National Average
$110,000

Visual Basic (VB)
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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 57 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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