Software Development Manager Salary

Salaries for Software Development Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($114K) per year. Total cash earnings of Software Development Managers range from $85K on the low end to $157K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $20K and $13K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$83,139 - $146,582

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$22.12 - $99.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,139 - $146,582  
   
Bonus
$1,463 - $20,347  
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $13,121  
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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$84,937 - $157,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,634
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$34$68$102
Hourly Rate
$22.12 - $99.34  
   
Overtime
$12.50 - $73.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$1,463 - $20,347  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,003 - $13,121  
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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$84,937 - $157,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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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While Software Development Managers do not often become VPs of Computer Software Engineering, the job pays $161K per year on average. 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 $16K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Software Development Managers fill the offices of leading firms Amazon.com Inc, Oracle Corp., International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Hewlett-Packard Company, and Oracle. Pay for Software Development Managers is best at Amazon.com Inc, which offers a median salary of $154K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $118K to $181K.

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 C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


Software Development Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $98K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $110K. Software Development Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $124K. Software Development Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $132K.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Software Development Managers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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 501 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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