Release Engineer Salary

Median pay for Release Engineers in the United States is around $92K annually. Overall cash earnings for Release Engineers stretch from $61K on the lower end to $119K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $13K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Release Engineers are male. Most Release Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,683 - $113,636
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MEDIAN: $91,875
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$28.53 - $54.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,683 - $113,636  
   
Bonus
$1,955 - $13,127  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$60,746 - $118,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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Hourly Rate
$28.53 - $54.81  
   
Overtime
$34.90 - $66.83  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,955 - $13,127  
   
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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$60,746 - $118,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Release Engineers. Although salaries only range from $71K to just $121K, General Motors Corporation still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $98K.

Popular Skills for Release Engineer


Survey results show that Release Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Automation Scripting, Engineering Design, Build Management, and Software Configuration are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Jenkins. Those educated in Automation Scripting tend to be well versed in Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Release Engineer

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


For Release Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $78K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $97K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $106K. Release Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,246

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 (+14 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Pontiac (+1 percent). With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Dearborn is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Auburn Hills and Detroit (13 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Release Engineer

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Release Engineer Salaries

▲16%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$93,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Release Engineer Salaries



Build Management
▲10%

Software Configuration
▲7%

Project Management
▲1%

National Average
$93,000


Jenkins
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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