Release Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $84K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Release Engineers bottoms out near $59K and approaches $119K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Release Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Release Engineers (84 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$58,850 - $112,156
$59K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,782
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$27.95 - $53.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,850 - $112,156  
   
Bonus
$1,992 - $12,408  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$59,075 - $119,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.95 - $53.00  
   
Overtime
$34.90 - $66.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,992 - $12,408  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
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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$59,075 - $119,287  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Release Engineer


General Motors Corporation, FCA Corp, Chrysler Group LLC., Delphi Corporation, and Ford Motor Company are top-notch employers for Release Engineers in this area. Pay for Release Engineers is best at General Motors Corporation, which offers a median salary of $98K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $72K to $121K.

Popular Skills for Release Engineer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Jenkins. The majority of those 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $77K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $95K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $105K. For some reason, Release Engineers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $85,361

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

For Release Engineers, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Release Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+24 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Pontiac (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+10 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Dearborn is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Detroit and Auburn Hills earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Release Engineer

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries




National Average
$85,000


Skills That Affect Release Engineer Salaries

Build Management
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Software Configuration
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Engineering Design
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$85,000

Jenkins
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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