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Senior Software Engineering / Development Director Salary

Salaries for Senior Software Development Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($151K) per year. In the world of Senior Software Development Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $94K and $212K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $42K and $26K, respectively. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of Senior Software Development Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$94,049 - $184,494
MEDIAN: $150,567

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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.
$94,049 - $184,494  
$3,020 - $41,898  
Profit Sharing
$1,939 - $25,760  
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).
$94,448 - $212,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203

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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

Senior Software Development Directors usually report a few specific skills. Software Development Management and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Software Architecture. The majority of those who know Project Management also know 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 38 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: 6%