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Software Development Manager Salary

Software Development Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $114K) surpassing six figures annually. 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 company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,433 - $146,192
(Median)
$82K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,602
10%
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90%

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$21.81 - $98.17
(Median)
$22
$46
$98
MEDIAN: $46.00
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50%
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
$82,433 - $146,192  
   
Bonus
$1,512 - $20,334  
Profit Sharing
$1,020 - $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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$84,165 - $157,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$21.81 - $98.17  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $75.45  
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
$1,512 - $20,334  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,020 - $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).
)
$84,165 - $157,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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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. A common career progression for a Software Development Manager is to become a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager. Compared to Software Development Managers, the first group earns $17K more on average, and the second group earns $5K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Oracle, and Tyler Technologies, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Software Development Managers. Amazon.com Inc offers the best pay with a median salary of $155K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $118K and maxing out at just $180K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey results imply that Software Development Managers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in People Management, Agile, C, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $98K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $110K. On average, Software Development Managers make $124K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Software Development Managers in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Software Development Managers in Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Francisco are the best-paid American cities for Software Development Managers, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Dallas (5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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 534 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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