Release Engineer Salary

Earnings for Release Engineers in the United States come in at around $84K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Release Engineers runs from $58K to $122K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Release Engineers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$58,959 - $113,198

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$24.38 - $66.36

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,959 - $113,198  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,522  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $10,470  
Total Pay (?
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$58,312 - $121,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
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Hourly Rate
$24.38 - $66.36  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $69.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,522  
   
Profit Sharing
$993 - $10,470  
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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$58,312 - $121,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 only $77K on average, Chrysler Group LLC. seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $56K on the lower end and $105K on the higher end.

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 Automation Scripting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Jenkins, Engineering Design, and Release Management. Those familiar with Automation Scripting also tend to know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Release Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Release Engineers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $72K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $87K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Release Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $121K.

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 (+25 percent) and Boston (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dearborn, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Auburn Hills (7 percent less) and Detroit (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-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

Release Management
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Engineering Design
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Jenkins
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 7%
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