Software Development Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Software Development Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($121K) per year. In the world of Software Development Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $89K and $166K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $24K and $20K, respectively. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Work is enjoyable for Software Development Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 89 percent of Software Development Managers are male. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$86,882 - $153,256
$87K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $120,883
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$25.03 - $101.81
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MEDIAN: $46.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$86,882 - $153,256  
   
Bonus
$2,036 - $24,352  
Profit Sharing
$792 - $19,551  
Total Pay (?
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$88,758 - $165,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,685
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Hourly Rate
$25.03 - $101.81  
   
Overtime
$24.66 - $71.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,036 - $24,352  
   
Profit Sharing
$792 - $19,551  
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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$88,758 - $165,974  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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 who transition into a VP of Computer Software Engineering role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $164K per year. 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


Amazon.com Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corp., and Intel Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Software Development Managers. Although the highest salaries can be found at Amazon.com Inc where median pay is $156K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $121K and $182K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Oracle, Oracle Corp., and Intel Corporation, top-paying firms where Software Development Managers rake in a whopping $152K, $151K, or $142K, respectively.

Tyler Technologies, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($85K). Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($129K), Thomson Reuters ($140K), and Hewlett-Packard Company ($141K).

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, Agile, and Agile Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. People who know C# usually also know Agile. Most people familiar with .NET also know Project Management and Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Manager

Pay by Experience for a Software Development Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Development Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Development Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 471 salaries. An experienced Software Development Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 1,059 salaries. A Software Development Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $133,000 based on 414 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,920

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Software Development Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Software Development Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, 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 250 votes.
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

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$127,000

▼8%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

▲5%

C++
▲1%

Agile
▼0%

Agile Software Development
▼0%

National Average
$127,000



▼1%

▼3%




SQL
▼5%


C#
▼9%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 5%