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Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Compensation for Computer Software Program Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($104K). Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $18K and $12K, respectively — total cash payment to Computer Software Program Managers can bottom out near $70K or peak near $145K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. For the most part, Computer Software Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Men make up the majority of Computer Software Program Managers (68 percent) survey respondents. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,086 - $133,182
(Median)
$69K
$100K
$130K
MEDIAN: $103,551
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$14.09 - $109.26
(Median)
$14
$48
$110
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,086 - $133,182  
   
Bonus
$1,277 - $17,665  
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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$70,487 - $144,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $109.26  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $234.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,277 - $17,665  
   
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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$70,487 - $144,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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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For Computer Software Program Managers who go on to become Directors of Program Management, Computer Software, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Computer Software Management Director earns $132K annually. 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 $127K 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 Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Computer Software Program Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in e-Commerce, Agile, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Computer Software Program Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $99K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $110K. For Computer Software Program Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $118K. Computer Software Program Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Software Program Managers, 24 percent above the national average. Computer Software Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Mountain View (+15 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and Arlington (+13 percent). Computer Software Program Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Computer Software Program Managers in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (17 percent lower) and Bellevue (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Agile
up arrow 4%

e-Commerce
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 1%

UNIX
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Program Management
0%

National Average
$111,000

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 3%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 5%



HTML
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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