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 $117K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Software Development Managers, overall income ranges from $86K near the bottom to $161K at the top; this can include more than $21K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. For the most part, Software Development Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$84,099 - $148,565
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$84K
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MEDIAN: $116,657
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$22.32 - $101.37
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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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Hourly Rate
$22.32 - $101.37  
   
Overtime
$24.66 - $77.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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Software Development Managers sometimes assume positions such as VPs of Computer Software Engineering. That role pays $163K per year on average. 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


Dominating the field, Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., and Oracle are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Software Development Managers. Although Amazon.com Inc offers the highest salaries (median pay is $159K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $121K to $200K.

Known for its small paychecks, Tyler Technologies, Inc. actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $84K — about half the top paying employer's rate.

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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and C#. The majority of those who know .NET also know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $100K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $113K. Software Development Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $126K. 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (8 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

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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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