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, total cash compensation can vary between $85K and $158K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $20K and $14K, respectively. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. For the most part, Software Development Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all get medical and dental insurance, and a fair number get vision plans, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$83,022 - $146,567
(Median)
$83K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,301
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$21.81 - $98.17
(Median)
$22
$44
$98
MEDIAN: $44.00
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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
$83,022 - $146,567  
   
Bonus
$1,481 - $20,354  
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $13,685  
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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$84,714 - $157,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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
$1,481 - $20,354  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,007 - $13,685  
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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$84,714 - $157,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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. Typical career progression for a Software Development Manager involves becoming a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager, roles that pay $16K more and $5K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Dominating the field, Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Oracle, and Tyler Technologies, Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Software Development Managers. Pay for Software Development Managers is best at Amazon.com Inc, which offers a median salary of $155K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $118K to $180K.

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 People Management, C, Agile, and UNIX are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Software Development Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $98K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $110K. On average, Software Development Managers make $124K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $132K.

Pay Difference by Location


Software Development Managers will find that San Jose offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Software Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), San Diego (+16 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Dallas (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 504 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
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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