What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Release Engineer Salary

Release Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $84K annually. In the world of Release Engineers, overall income ranges from $58K near the bottom to $121K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though geography and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Release Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$58,799 - $112,472
(Median)
$59K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,074
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$24.30 - $66.73
(Median)
$24
$35
$67
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,799 - $112,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,907  
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).
)
$57,993 - $120,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.30 - $66.73  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $69.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,907  
   
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).
)
$57,993 - $120,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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.

Build and Release Engineer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Release Engineer


Chrysler Group LLC. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $77K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $56K and $105K.

Popular Skills for Release Engineer


Release Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Build Management, Software Configuration, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Jenkins and Engineering Design. It is often found that people who know Automation Scripting are also skilled in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Release Engineer

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


For many Release Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $105K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Release Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Release Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+23 percent) and Boston (+17 percent). Auburn Hills ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dearborn (8 percent lower) and Detroit (1 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%


Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$85,000


Skills That Affect Release Engineer Salaries

Build Management
up arrow 21%

Software Configuration
up arrow 18%


Release Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$85,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 11%

Jenkins
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 8%
ADVERTISEMENT