Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Computer Software Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Computer Software Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $19K from bonuses and close to $18K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $70K and $149K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Computer Software Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Computer Software Program Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,220 - $137,097
(Median)
$69K
$110K
$140K
MEDIAN: $105,241
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$19.39 - $109.26
(Median)
$19
$52
$110
MEDIAN: $52.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$69,220 - $137,097  
   
Bonus
$1,202 - $19,383  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $17,664  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$70,492 - $149,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 680
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$19.39 - $109.26  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $238.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,202 - $19,383  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,014 - $17,664  
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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$70,492 - $149,205  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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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It doesn't happen often, but some Computer Software Program Managers do move on to become IT Senior Program Managers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $133K per year. As Computer Software Program Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Program Manager of Software Applicationss. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $128K per year. Another common career choice for Computer Software Program Managers is to move into a Product Manager of Software role. Typically, Product Managers of Software get paid $92K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software


Amazon.com Inc offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $101K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $62K and $171K.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Survey takers working as Computer Software Program Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in e-Commerce, Agile, Java, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, and HTML. Those familiar with Project Management tend to be well versed in Program Management and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in 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.


For Computer Software Program Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $99K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $111K. Computer Software Program Managers see a median salary of $122K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $127K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $112,336

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With a pay rate for Computer Software Program Managers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Computer Software Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+11 percent), Mountain View (+9 percent), San Francisco (+9 percent), and San Jose (+8 percent). Denver ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (11 percent lower) and Bellevue (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries



National Average
$112,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

e-Commerce
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Agile
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Java
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Program Management
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C++
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National Average
$112,000

Project Management
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Windows Operating System General Use
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UNIX
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Microsoft Office
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Visual Basic (VB)
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SQL
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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 142 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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