Program Manager, Computer Software Salary (United States)

Computer Software Program Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($107,233) annually in the United States. Pay starts at $68,724 and can approach $140,982 per year on the higher side. Overall cash allowance—including $16,285 bonuses and $12,880 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $67,251 and $129,449. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Computer Software Program Managers who claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Program Manager, Computer Software Salary (?
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$67,251 - $129,449
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Program Manager, Computer Software Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$67,251 - $129,449  
   
Bonus
$1,928 - $16,285  
Profit Sharing
$1,932 - $12,880  
Total Pay (?
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$68,724 - $140,982  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$13.95 - $88.43  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $61.83  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,928 - $16,285  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,932 - $12,880  
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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$68,724 - $140,982  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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Computer Software Program Managers' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Computer Software Management Director may get paid an extra $25K per year. The most common promotion for Computer Software Program Managers, a Sr. Software Applications Program Manager position brings in an extra $19,265 annually. Another standard transition for Computer Software Program Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Software Product Manager role, where pay often drops by $15,478.

Program Manager, Computer Software Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software

Microsoft Corp offers the best pay with a median salary of $110,289, though salaries there max out at $137K. Amazon.com Inc offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $100,000.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software

Computer Software Program Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, UNIX, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Access, HTML, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people who know Microsoft Office also know 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Surpassing six figures, earnings reach $106K after five to 10 years, and typically start at $100K. Earnings total $116K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Computer Software Program Managers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $125K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$107,000
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Arlington is home to an above-average pay rate for Computer Software Program Managers, 17 percent higher than the national average. Computer Software Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), Mountain View (+13 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Sunnyvale (+11 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Redmond and Bellevue (-3 percent and -1 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$107,000

Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Java
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C++
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Program Management
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UNIX
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$107,000
Project Management
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Agile
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SQL
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e-Commerce
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Microsoft SQL Server
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
31%
female alumni
 
Male
69%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 77% employee benefits None: 6%
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