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Software Development Director Salary

The average salary for a Software Development Director is $131,850 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. A skill in People Management is associated with high pay for this job.
$95,206 - $160,619
MEDIAN: $131,849

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$95,206 - $160,619  
$1,932 - $29,717  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,203  
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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).
$98,408 - $180,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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Job Description for Software Development Director

Software development directors are in charge of planning and overseeing the software development process. They are responsible for guiding software programmers and other professionals to meet company objectives, as well as help create software project requirements based on collaboration with colleagues and customer needs. One of the software development director's main responsibilities includes facilitating communication between software developers and support professionals. They also interact with company clients to gather information about possible software product improvements. Software development directors create detailed reports based on the testing and development phases as well.


Software Development Director Tasks

  • 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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What is it like working as a Software Development Director?

Software Development Director in Troy:
"Over 17 years Of Technical Management And Program Management."
Pros: Currently, I have been successful in the projects I have worked on and have been receiving good feedback on the current projects that are in progress. With my 17 years of experience in Software Development, working with multi-member teams and multiple projects, ability to work with people at all levels; I feel that I will be able to positively contribute to this position.
Cons: I enjoy my current job and I make a solid contribution which is appreciated. However, I am very much interested in a new challenge and an opportunity to use my skills and experience in a different capacity than I have in the past.

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Experience Affects Software Development Director Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Software Development Director Salaries

People Management
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Software Architecture
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Software Development
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National Average

Project Management
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Software Development Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.


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92 %

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: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 5%