Release Engineer Salary

Release Engineers in the United States take home an average $84K per year. In the world of Release Engineers, overall income ranges from $59K near the bottom to $122K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction for Release Engineers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$59,053 - $112,961
(Median)
$59K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $84,440
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$24.34 - $66.55
(Median)
$24
$35
$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 - $13,808  
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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$58,513 - $121,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $13,808  
   
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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$58,513 - $121,586  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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


With a median salary of only $77K, Chrysler Group LLC. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $56K to $105K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Release Engineer


Survey results show that Release Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Build Management, Software Configuration, Automation Scripting, and Release Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


Release Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $87K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $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


With a pay rate for Release Engineers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Release Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+23 percent) and Boston (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dearborn. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Auburn Hills 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
$86,000


Skills That Affect Release Engineer Salaries

Build Management
up arrow 20%

Software Configuration
up arrow 16%


Release Management
0%

National Average
$86,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 11%

Jenkins
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 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: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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