Program Manager, Computer Software Salary (United States)

Wages for Computer Software Program Managers in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($107,233) per year. Pay starts at $68,724 and can approach $140,982 per year on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by tenure and the specific company. The vast majority enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to most. Job satisfaction for Computer Software Program Managers is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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$13.95 - $88.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$67,251 - $129,449  
   
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $88.43  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $61.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
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 may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Computer Software Management Director position may earn an additional $25K per year. More often than not, a Sr. Software Applications Program Manager role is the next step for Computer Software Program Managers moving up in the field, a transition which results in an annual $19,265 pay raise. Many other Computer Software Program Managers choose to take on a Software Product Manager role, where salaries typically go down by $15,478.

Program Manager, Computer Software Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software

Computer Software Program Managers in search of the best pay head to Microsoft Corp, where the median salary rolls in at $110,289. Though pay is top-notch, compensation is curbed 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

Survey results imply that Computer Software Program Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access, HTML, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in Microsoft Office are similarly competent 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, salaries grow from $100K to $106K, topping six figures. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $116K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Computer Software Program Managers earning an average of $125K per year. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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Sunnyvale
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Phoenix
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National Average
$107,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Computer Software Program Managers, Arlington offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are San Francisco, Mountain View, New York, and Sunnyvale, where Computer Software Program Managers annually earn 14 percent, 13 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Redmond (-3 percent) and Bellevue (-1 percent).

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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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National Average
$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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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 197 votes.

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%