Software Engineering Group Manager Salary

Salaries for Software Engineering Group Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($122K) per year. Total cash compensation to Software Engineering Group Managers approaches anywhere from $82K on the lower end to $168K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $21K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a strong majority get vision benefits. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Software Engineering Group Managers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$79,001 - $155,370
MEDIAN: $121,981

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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.
$79,001 - $155,370  
$17.88 - $21,195  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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).
$81,945 - $167,545  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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Job Description for Software Engineering Group Manager

  • 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 Engineering Group Manager

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Software Engineering Group Managers who go on to become Software Engineering Directors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Software Engineering, an upper-level role, pays $136K.

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Popular Skills for Software Engineering Group Manager

Software Engineering Group Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, C, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL, .NET, and C#. Most people who know .NET also know SQL.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


10 %
90 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 91%
vision benefits Vision: 78% employee benefits None: 5%