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Senior Software Engineering / Development Director Salary

Senior Software Development Directors receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $151K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Overall cash earnings for Senior Software Development Directors stretch from $94K on the lower end to $211K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $41K from bonuses and $29K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Senior Software Development Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$93,730 - $184,206
MEDIAN: $151,336

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$93,730 - $184,206  
$2,970 - $41,313  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $29,000  
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).
$94,069 - $211,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198

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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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Software Engineering / Development Director

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Many Senior Software Development Directors move into a VP of Engineering role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. VPs of Engineering on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Software Development Directors.

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Popular Skills for Senior Software Engineering / Development Director

Typical Senior Software Development Directors report a focused set of job skills. Software Development Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Architecture. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Software Architecture.

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Experience Affects Senior Software Engineering / Development Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Senior Software Engineering / Development Director Salaries

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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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 7%