Release Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Release Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $84K per year. Total cash earnings of Release Engineers range from $58K on the low end to $122K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $13K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Jenkins, Engineering Design, and Release Management. Most people 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $73K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $89K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $105K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $121K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,733

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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), Boston (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Warren (+7 percent). Detroit is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dearborn and Auburn Hills (9 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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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