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Software Development Manager Salary

Software Development Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $113K per year on average. In the world of Software Development Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $84K and $156K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $13K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,161 - $145,185
(Median)
$82K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $112,931
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$21.51 - $95.58
(Median)
$22
$45
$96
MEDIAN: $44.00
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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.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$82,161 - $145,185  
   
Bonus
$1,489 - $20,315  
Profit Sharing
$1,029 - $13,019  
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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$83,856 - $155,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$32$64$96
Hourly Rate
$21.51 - $95.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $76.45  
National Annualized 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.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,489 - $20,315  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,029 - $13,019  
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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$83,856 - $155,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38

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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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Though some Software Development Managers move into positions like VP of Computer Software Engineering (where the average salary is $161K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for a Software Development Manager involves becoming a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager, roles that pay $17K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Software Development Managers, Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., and Hewlett-Packard Company are leading firms in the industry. Software Development Managers in search of the best pay head to Amazon.com Inc, where the median salary rolls in at $154K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $181K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $118K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Software Development Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Agile, C, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. 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.


For Software Development Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $97K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $109K. Software Development Managers bring in $122K after working for 10 to 20 years. Software Development Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $131K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Software Development Managers in Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Francisco — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Software Development Managers. The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (5 percent lower) and Chicago (1 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries



National Average
$119,000



Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 551 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 4%