The average Software Release Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $89K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Software Release Managers making up 52 percent of survey respondents. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. For the most part, Software Release Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$59,140 - $127,464
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$59K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,940
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$18.61 - $78.35
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MEDIAN: $53.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,140 - $127,464  
   
Bonus
$999 - $13,289  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$58,219 - $131,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$18.61 - $78.35  
   
Overtime
$48.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$999 - $13,289  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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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$58,219 - $131,852  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Software Release Manager

Software release managers manage all aspects of software release activities. They are in charge of planning and coordinating among several development departments to ensure a proper release schedule and that all requirements are met before release. Software release managers actively participate in review sessions, approve completed portions as needed, and facilitate communication channels between engineering and software development staff to ensure idea and process alignment. They define release schedules and adhere to company procedures in all tasks. One of the software release manager's main functions includes solving technical and logistical issues as they arise. They also use their technical expertise to participate in functionality meetings and suggest changes to satisfy business and client needs. Software release managers develop a comprehensive plan to track and integrate multiple inputs, provide direction to internal teams, and conduct status reviews to ensure approval from upper management.

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Software Release Manager Tasks

  • Track and document bug resolution efforts and trends, highlighting positive and negative trends for future release practices.
  • Derive test plans from stakeholder input and communicate the details effectively to development teams.
  • Coordinate across software development groups to ensure teams understand their goals and are meeting them according to the agreed metrics.
  • Identify and document successes and challenges in release cycles to improve future processes.

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Popular Skills for Software Release Manager


Survey takers who work as Software Release Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in ScrumMaster, Project Management, Change Management, and Release Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Project Management and Release Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Release Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Software Release Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $76K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $97K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $108K.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$92,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

ScrumMaster
up arrow 15%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Change Management
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National Average
$92,000

Release Management
up arrow 1%

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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