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Senior Software Engineering / Development Director Salary

Wages for Senior Software Development Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($158K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $41K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $29K, overall incomes of Senior Software Development Directors spread between $95K and $211K depending on individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Senior Software Development Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$94,675 - $181,694
MEDIAN: $147,411

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National Salary Data (?
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$94,675 - $181,694  
$2,008 - $40,583  
Profit Sharing
$3,500 - $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).
$95,287 - $211,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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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Senior Software Development Directors who go on to become VPs of Engineering may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a VP of Engineering, an upper-level role, pays $153K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Software Engineering / Development Director

Survey takers who work as 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 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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

Project Management
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Software Architecture
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.


5 %
95 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 6%