Earnings for Release Engineers in the United States come in at around $82K per year on average. Total incomes of Release Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $13K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $59K and $122K. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Release Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Release Engineers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$58,517 - $115,621
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$59K
$82K
$120K
MEDIAN: $82,498
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$28.66 - $53.00
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$29
$37
$53
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,517 - $115,621  
   
Bonus
$2,003 - $12,898  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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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$59,195 - $121,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$28.66 - $53.00  
   
Overtime
$34.90 - $66.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,003 - $12,898  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,863  
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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$59,195 - $121,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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


Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $96K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $65K to $121K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $155K, Ford Motor Company still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $78K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Release Engineer


Release Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Build Management, Software Configuration, and Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Jenkins. Most people skilled in Automation Scripting are similarly competent in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Release Engineer

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $75K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $95K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $107K. For some reason, Release Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $100K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,649

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, Release Engineers in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Release Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+27 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Pontiac (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dearborn and Auburn Hills (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries




National Average
$84,000


Skills That Affect Release Engineer Salaries

Build Management
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Software Configuration
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Release Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$84,000

Project Management
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Jenkins
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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