Software Development Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $120K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Total cash compensation for Software Development Managers runs from $89K to $165K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $24K and profit sharing that can reach almost $19K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Most Software Development Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$86,875 - $152,466
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$87K
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MEDIAN: $120,204
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$25.21 - $103.23
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MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,875 - $152,466  
   
Bonus
$2,065 - $24,243  
Profit Sharing
$499.17 - $19,241  
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).
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$88,527 - $164,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$25.21 - $103.23  
   
Overtime
$25.53 - $73.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,065 - $24,243  
   
Profit Sharing
$499.17 - $19,241  
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).
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$88,527 - $164,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Software Development Manager

A software development manager is in charge of designing and developing software systems for medical, military, business, scientific, and general computing applications. They are also in charge of modifying existing software that may contain errors or that needs an upgrade. They analyze, store, and retrieve information that can enable them to create the best software available.

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Software Development Manager Tasks

  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
  • Act as a resource for software developers on policies, procedures and technical issues.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with writing software.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Manager


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Software Development Managers may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Computer Software Engineering, where median compensation is $164K annually. Becoming a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager is a common transition from a Software Development Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., and Oracle are top-notch employers for Software Development Managers in this area. Amazon.com Inc pays the most with a median salary of $156K, though there is little variation overall ($121K to $187K). Other employers shelling out big bucks include Oracle, Oracle Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Company, where Software Development Managers typically earn around $152K, $152K, or $141K, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Tyler Technologies, Inc. — median pay is $87K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $70K and only reaching $119K. Employees at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Thomson Reuters, and Hewlett-Packard Company can also expect below-average earnings of $127K, $141K, and $141K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, People Management, and Agile are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people experienced in C# also know Agile. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Software Development Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $105K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $118K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $130K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,471

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Software Development Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Software Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Chicago (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 6 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries



National Average
$126,000



Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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