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Program Manager, Computer Software Salary (United States)

Computer Software Program Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $107K annually. Final cash compensation to Computer Software Program Managers varies from around $69K to approximately $141K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $16K and $13K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair portion. In a profession dominated by men, 69 percent of Computer Software Program Managers are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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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$0$30$60$90
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 who go on to become Director of Program Management, Computer Softwares may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Director of Program Management, Computer Softwares is $132K annually. 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 $126K. 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 Employer Salaries for Program Manager, Computer Software

With a median salary of $110K, Microsoft Corp offers Computer Software Program Managers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $85K and are capped at $137K. Employees at Microsoft Corp can also expect below-average earnings.

Popular Skills for Program Manager, Computer Software

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access, HTML, and Microsoft SQL Server. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Office are also skilled 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $92K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $106K. Computer Software Program Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $116K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $125K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Close to one-half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up more than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$107,000
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For those looking to make money, Computer Software Program Managers in Arlington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above 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). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Redmond and 1 percent less in Bellevue, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%