Software Development Manager Salary

Salaries for Software Development Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($117K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $21K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Software Development Managers spread between $86K and $161K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Software Development Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$84,099 - $148,565
(Median)
$84K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $116,657
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$22.32 - $101.37
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$22
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MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$84,099 - $148,565  
   
Bonus
$1,503 - $20,762  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $15,101  
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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$85,912 - $160,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,827
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$22.32 - $101.37  
   
Overtime
$24.66 - $77.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,503 - $20,762  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $15,101  
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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$85,912 - $160,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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There are some Software Development Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Computer Software Engineering, where earnings are an average $163K annually. Software Development Managers most often move into positions as Software Engineering Directors or Software Engineering Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $15K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Many Software Development Managers can be found at Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., and Oracle, firms that are at the top of the field. Salary cannot be beat at Amazon.com Inc, where median pay comes to $159K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $121K, and the higher end is not far away at $200K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Tyler Technologies, Inc. — median pay is $84K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $69K and only reaching $119K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, People Management, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and C#. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent in Agile and Project Management.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $100K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $113K. Software Development Managers bring in $126K after working for 10 to 20 years. Software Development Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $133K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $122,415

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

With a pay rate for Software Development Managers that is 24 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Minneapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Workers in Atlanta and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries



National Average
$122,000



Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 489 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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