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Software Development Manager Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Software Development Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $113K per year. With some bonuses approaching $20K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Software Development Managers spread between $84K and $157K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Software Development Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$82,295 - $145,790
(Median)
$82K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $113,282
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$21.96 - $97.88
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$98
MEDIAN: $45.00
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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
$82,295 - $145,790  
   
Bonus
$1,504 - $20,336  
Profit Sharing
$1,020 - $12,822  
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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$83,978 - $156,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,619
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$21.96 - $97.88  
   
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
$1,504 - $20,336  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,020 - $12,822  
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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$83,978 - $156,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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 not the most common occurrence, Software Development Managers sometimes become VPs of Computer Software Engineering, where the average income is $161K per year. Career advancement for the typical Software Development Manager often leads to becoming a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager; median salaries in these positions are $17K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Software Development Managers include Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Oracle, and Tyler Technologies, Inc. Amazon.com Inc offers the best pay with a median salary of $154K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $118K and maxing out at just $181K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 pay less than market rate 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. Inexperienced workers earn around $97K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years pull down a much higher average of $109K. Software Development Managers see a median salary of $123K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $132K.

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. Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 1 percent less, 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 540 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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