Release Engineer Salary

The average Release Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $84K annually. Cash earnings for Release Engineers — including $14K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $58K to $122K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$59,053 - $112,961
(Median)
$59K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,268
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$24.34 - $66.55
(Median)
$24
$34
$67
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,053 - $112,961  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,566  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $10,400  
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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$58,340 - $121,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.34 - $66.55  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $69.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,566  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $10,400  
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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$58,340 - $121,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Release Engineer

Release engineers are responsible for maintaining effective configuration of tools and troubleshooting management applications for their organization. They are in charge of maintaining resulting code archives and managing integration engineers, as well as providing support to infrastructure services as needed. Release engineers also assist software engineers with quality problems as they arise to avoid future product problems. They actively participate in training sessions for updated program information and create advanced reports based on engineering results. Release engineers perform server configuration and support tasks, as well as provide oversight for operational activities. They handle schedule tasks, follow strict management protocols. Release engineers implement robust utilities to measure performance and develop innovative solutions for repairing machinery, calibrating equipment, and minimizing downtime. They also help with design endeavors and develop complex automation tools. Other responsibilities include testing equipment and managing large databases. These engineers report their progress to the release supervisor or manager in their department.

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Release Engineer Tasks

  • Support troubleshooting and bug fixing, including documentation and end user change management.
  • Ensure processes for archiving, documenting and maintaining the system are upheld.
  • Manage release and daily build tasks and schedule.
  • Build and maintain coding and integration environment and its documentation.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Release Engineer


Chrysler Group LLC. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $77K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $105K.

Popular Skills for Release Engineer


Survey results suggest that Release Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Build Management, Software Configuration, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Jenkins and Engineering Design. Most people who know Automation Scripting also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Release Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $72K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $87K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $104K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $122K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Release Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Release Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+24 percent) and Boston (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dearborn. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Auburn Hills (6 percent lower) and Detroit (2 percent lower).

Release Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Release Engineer at General Motors Corporation?

Release Engineer in Detroit:
"GM."
Pros: Focus on quality and technology, flexible work environment, management is willing to work with employees, relaxed atmosphere.
Cons: Over-reliance on meetings, lack of training, significant age gap between new and experienced employees.

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Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$85,000


Skills That Affect Release Engineer Salaries

Build Management
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Software Configuration
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National Average
$85,000

Release Management
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Engineering Design
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Jenkins
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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