Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Computer Software Program Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $103K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Cash earnings of Computer Software Program Managers can occasionally include $20K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $62K to almost $152K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computer Software Program Managers. The majority of Computer Software Program Managers (63 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$62,140 - $139,288
$62K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,554
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50%
90%

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$16.11 - $62.50
$16
$34
$63
MEDIAN: $34.28
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$0$151K
Salary $62,140 - $139,288
Bonus $507 - $20,242
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,866
Total Pay (?
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$62,011 - $151,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 382
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $16.11 - $62.50
Overtime $46.50
Annual Data $0$151K
Bonus $507 - $20,242
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,866
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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$62,011 - $151,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 20

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Product Management Director. The latter position pays an average of $140K annually. 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 $129K. Many others choose to work as Product Manager of Softwares, where pay is typically $92K.

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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.

With a median salary of only $101K, Amazon.com Inc pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $62K to $156K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Survey results imply that Computer Software Program Managers deploy a deep pool of skills 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Access, Windows Operating System General Use, and HTML. Most people skilled in Program Management are similarly competent in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Program Manager, Computer Software

Pay by Experience for a Program Manager, Computer Software has a positive trend. An entry-level Program Manager, Computer Software with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 160 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Program Manager, Computer Software with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $112,000 based on 152 salaries. An experienced Program Manager, Computer Software which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $120,000 based on 139 salaries. A Program Manager, Computer Software with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $130,000 based on 48 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $109,078

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

Home to some of the best pay for Computer Software Program Managers, Mountain View offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Computer Software Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in 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. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Atlanta and 8 percent less in Bellevue, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Program Manager, Computer Software

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

▲19%

▲10%

▲2%

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 61 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
vision benefits
Vision: 77%
no benefits
None: 5%
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