Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

Wages for Computer Software Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($104K) per year. In the world of Computer Software Program Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $71K and $146K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $18K and $12K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of Computer Software Program Managers (68 percent) survey respondents are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$69,039 - $134,296

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$17.00 - $110.00

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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
$69,039 - $134,296  
   
Bonus
$1,225 - $17,951  
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $12,307  
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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$70,715 - $146,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$80$160$240
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $110.00  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $236.72  
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
$1,225 - $17,951  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,036 - $12,307  
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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$70,715 - $146,163  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Although it's unusual, some Computer Software Program Managers transition into jobs as IT Senior Program Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $132K per year, though. With an annual salary of $127K, Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is the most common role for Computer Software Program Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Product Manager of Software role — which usually pays $92K — is also typical for Computer Software Program Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software


Computer Software Program Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile, e-Commerce, Java, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Microsoft Access as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Word and HTML also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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.


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. Computer Software Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $120K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $125K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Computer Software Program Managers, 19 percent above the national average. Computer Software Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). Denver is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average.

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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

up arrow 5%

e-Commerce
up arrow 4%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

C++
up arrow 1%

Java
up arrow 1%

UNIX
0%

National Average
$111,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 4%


Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 7%



HTML
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
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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