Software Development Manager Salary

Salaries for Software Development Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($121K) per year. In the world of Software Development Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $23K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $89K and $165K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Male Software Development Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Software Development Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$86,326 - $153,133
$86K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $120,818
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$20.43 - $97.29
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$0$165K
Salary $86,326 - $153,133
Bonus $2,076 - $23,376
Profit Sharing $958 - $19,885
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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$88,866 - $165,264
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,742
Hourly Data $0$97
Hourly Rate $20.43 - $97.29
Overtime $20.36 - $73.69
Annual Data $0$165K
Bonus $2,076 - $23,376
Profit Sharing $958 - $19,885
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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$88,866 - $165,264
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 30

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Software Development Manager


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At the upper end, Software Development Managers who move into a VP of Computer Software Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for VPs of Computer Software Engineering is a much higher $164K per year. It is not uncommon for a Software Development Manager to continue on to become a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Dominating the field, Amazon.com Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corp., and Intel Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Software Development Managers. Amazon.com Inc offers the best pay with a median salary of $156K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $121K and maxing out at just $182K. Other big spenders include Oracle, Oracle Corp., and Intel Corporation, top-paying firms where Software Development Managers see paychecks nearing $152K, $151K, or $142K.

Known for its small paychecks, Tyler Technologies, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $85K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Employees at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Thomson Reuters, and Hewlett-Packard Company can also expect below-average earnings of $129K, $140K, and $141K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey takers working as Software Development Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, Agile, and Agile Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent in Project Management and Agile. It is often found that people who know C# are also skilled in Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Manager

Pay by Experience for a Software Development Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Development Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Development Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 471 salaries. An experienced Software Development Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 1,059 salaries. A Software Development Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $133,000 based on 414 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,749

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

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Development Managers, 48 percent above the national average. Software Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 4 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Los Angeles. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Minneapolis and Atlanta.

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Key Stats for Software Development Manager

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries

▲5%

▲4%

National Average
$127,000

▼8%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

▲5%

Agile
▲1%

C++
▲1%

Agile Software Development
▼0%

National Average
$127,000



▼1%

▼3%




SQL
▼5%


C#
▼9%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 278 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 5%
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