Software Engineering / Development Director Salary

A Software Engineering / Development Director earns an average salary of $137,666 per year. A skill in People Management is associated with high pay for this job. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs.

$98,110 - $173,287
MEDIAN: $137,666

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$98,110 - $173,287  
$2,472 - $31,186  
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$1,483 - $25,000  
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$101,539 - $192,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,431
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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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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 3%