Software Development Manager Salary

Compensation for Software Development Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($114K). In the world of Software Development Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $13K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $84K and $157K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Software Development Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$82,759 - $146,377
(Median)
$83K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,076
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$21.81 - $98.17
(Median)
$22
$44
$98
MEDIAN: $44.00
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90%

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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
$82,759 - $146,377  
   
Bonus
$1,492 - $20,355  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $13,188  
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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$84,428 - $157,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,640
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$21.81 - $98.17  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $74.17  
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
$1,492 - $20,355  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $13,188  
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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$84,428 - $157,362  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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 $161K annually. The most common next step for a Software Development Manager is to become a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager. The former position pays an additional $17K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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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., Oracle, and Tyler Technologies, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Although the highest salaries can be found at Amazon.com Inc where median pay is $155K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $118K and $180K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Agile, C, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of 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.


For Software Development Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $98K on average, the five-to-10 year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $110K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $124K in this role. 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 $132K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Francisco — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Software Development Managers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers in Minneapolis and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 514 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%
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