Program Manager, Computer Software Salary

On average, Computer Software Program Managers in the United States earn six-figure salaries ($104K) annually, making for a very well-paid profession. Total incomes of Computer Software Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $18K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $71K and $146K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men account for the majority of Computer Software Program Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$68,953 - $134,288
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$69K
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MEDIAN: $103,669
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$68,953 - $134,288  
   
Bonus
$1,169 - $17,754  
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $12,369  
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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$70,619 - $145,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 642
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 (?
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$0$160K$320K$480K
Bonus
$1,169 - $17,754  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $12,369  
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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$70,619 - $145,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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For Computer Software Program Managers, advancing into an IT Senior Program Manager role, for which the median salary is $132K, is not common but it does happen. Becoming a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications is, more often than not, the most common role that Computer Software Program Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $127K. Another frequent advance is for Computer Software Program Managers to assume a Product Manager of Software role; in this role, workers often earn $92K.

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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 Agile, e-Commerce, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, HTML, 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 many Computer Software Program Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $119K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $126K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Computer Software Program Managers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Computer Software Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), and San Jose (+11 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Computer Software Program Manager's salary, with Atlanta Computer Software Program Managers earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Workers in Denver and Bellevue earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$111,000



Skills That Affect Program Manager, Computer Software Salaries

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e-Commerce
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Java
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Program Management
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C++
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UNIX
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$111,000

Project Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Windows Operating System General Use
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HTML
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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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