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Software Engineering / Development Director Salary

A Software Engineering / Development Director earns an average salary of $135,939 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$96,317 - $169,749
MEDIAN: $135,939

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$96,317 - $169,749  
$2,443 - $30,227  
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $22,500  
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).
$99,473 - $186,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,352

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Job Description for Software Engineering / Development Director

Software engineering/development directors are responsible for leading software-related projects in their organization. They supervise application development and direct a group of IT professionals, helping their team reach all company objectives following a strict timeline. They perform systems, design, and application development, as well as evaluate code reviews and make recommendations for changes. Software engineering/development directors also select new staff and are part of the training and performance review process.


Software Engineering / Development Director Tasks

  • Participate in the strategic decisions about technology, definition, and implementation of the software products.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate activities of a multi-team or cross-functional organization.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with creating software across multiple functional areas and products.
  • Hire, review, and fire managers.
  • Prioritize and allocate projects, products, and resources with the assistance of architects and managers.

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 73% employee benefits None: 3%