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Software Development Manager Salary (United States)

Compensation for Software Development Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($117K). Total cash compensation for Software Development Managers runs from $82K to $154K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $20K and profit sharing that can reach almost $12K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Development Managers. Nearly all claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Software Development Manager Salary (?
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$80,800 - $144,200
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Software Development Manager Salary (?
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$20.00 - $71.22
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$80,800 - $144,200  
   
Bonus
$1,213 - $20,066  
Profit Sharing
$1,263 - $12,147  
Total Pay (?
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$82,209 - $154,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,557
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$20.00 - $71.22  
   
Overtime
$10.00 - $75.74  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,213 - $20,066  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,263 - $12,147  
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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$82,209 - $154,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 go on to top-notch roles like VP of Computer Software Engineering, where median pay is $160K annually. Software Development Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Software Engineering Directors or Software Engineering Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $18K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

Software Development Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager

With a median salary of $153K, Amazon.com Inc offers Software Development Managers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $119K and are capped at $179K.
International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $121K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $93K to $142K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager

Software Development Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile, C, Java, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include VB.Net, ASP.NET, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those who learned C# also tend to know Project Management. Most people who know .NET also know Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Software Development Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $96K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $107K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $121K. Software Development Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $131K.

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California cities San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego are lucrative areas for Software Development Managers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Minneapolis and 1 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries

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$117,000

Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
10%
female alumni
 
Male
90%
male alumni

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: 77% employee benefits None: 4%