Senior Software Engineering / Development Director Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Senior Software Development Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $153K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $45K and $26K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Software Development Directors can bottom out near $96K or peak near $214K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Software Development Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$94,738 - $186,912
MEDIAN: $153,268

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$94,738 - $186,912  
$4,971 - $44,759  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $25,760  
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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).
$95,759 - $214,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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Job Description for Senior Software Engineering / Development Director

  • Participate in the strategic decisions about technology, definition, and implementation of the software products.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of a multi-team or cross-functional organization.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with creating software across multiple functional areas and products.
  • Hire, review, and fire managers.
  • Prioritize and allocate projects, products, and resources with the assistance of architects and managers.

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As Senior Software Development Directors transition into upper-level roles like VPs of Computer Software Engineering, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. VPs of Computer Software Engineering earn the same amount as Senior Software Development Directors on average.

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Popular Skills for

Typical Senior Software Development Directors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Software Development Management, Project Management, and Software Architecture can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Software Architecture.

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Experience Affects Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Project Management
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Software Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 4%