Software Development Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($121K) annually in the United States. Total cash earnings of Software Development Managers range from $89K on the low end to $166K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $24K and $18K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Job satisfaction for Software Development Managers 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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$87,206 - $153,313
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MEDIAN: $120,723
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$25.03 - $102.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$87,206 - $153,313  
   
Bonus
$2,075 - $24,148  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $18,383  
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$89,073 - $166,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,764
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$25.03 - $102.13  
   
Overtime
$24.66 - $71.75  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,075 - $24,148  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $18,383  
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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$89,073 - $166,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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

  • Act as a resource for software developers on policies, procedures and technical issues.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with writing software.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Manager


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Software Development Managers may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Computer Software Engineering, where median compensation is $164K annually. Becoming a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager is a common transition from a Software Development Manager role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Many Software Development Managers can be found at Amazon.com Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corp., and Oracle, firms that are at the top of the field. Although salaries only range from $121K to just $186K, Amazon.com Inc still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $159K. Software Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Oracle ($154K), Oracle Corp. ($151K), and Hewlett-Packard Company ($141K).

Software Development Managers will find the worst pay at Tyler Technologies, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $86K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $119K, leaving little room for growth. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Thomson Reuters, and Hewlett-Packard Company also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $128K, $140K, and $141K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey takers working as Software Development Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, Agile, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people experienced in C# also know Agile. Most people familiar with .NET also know Project Management and Agile.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $104K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $118K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $131K 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 $133K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,004

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Software Development Managers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Software Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Software Development Manager

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.
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Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries



National Average
$127,000



Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 95%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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