Release Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Release Engineers in the United States, bringing in about $84K per year. In the world of Release Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $58K and $122K. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Release Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$58,691 - $113,118
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$59K
$84K
$110K
MEDIAN: $83,963
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$24.92 - $67.35
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$34
$67
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,691 - $113,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,129  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $10,258  
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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$58,247 - $121,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$24.92 - $67.35  
   
Overtime
$30.64 - $69.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,129  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $10,258  
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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$58,247 - $121,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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


Offering a median salary of only $78K, Chrysler Group LLC. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $56K to $104K isn't that wide, either.

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 Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Jenkins, Engineering Design, and Release Management. Those proficient in Automation Scripting are, more often than not, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $73K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $89K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,733

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

Home to some of the best pay for Release Engineers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 25 percent above the national average. Release Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+25 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Warren (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dearborn (9 percent less) and Auburn Hills (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries

Late-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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Project Management
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National Average
$85,000



Jenkins
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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