Software Engineering Group Manager Salary

Average pay for a Software Engineering Group Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $122K per year. Total cash compensation to Software Engineering Group Managers bottoms out near $82K and approaches $172K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $22K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$79,984 - $155,971
MEDIAN: $122,215

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National Salary Data (?
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$79,984 - $155,971  
$18.00 - $21,645  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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).
$82,402 - $171,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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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.

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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 $137K.

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Software Engineering Group Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java, C, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, .NET, and C#. Aptitude in .NET tends to also indicate an understanding of C#.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.


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91 %

Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 92%
vision benefits Vision: 79% employee benefits None: 5%