The average Software Release Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $89K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision plans. Men make up a slight majority of Software Release Managers (54 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Software Release Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$57,991 - $129,728
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MEDIAN: $89,335
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,991 - $129,728  
   
Bonus
$1,012 - $15,781  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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$56,821 - $136,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 210
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
$1,012 - $15,781  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$56,821 - $136,571  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Software Release Manager


Software Release Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in ScrumMaster, Project Management, Release Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Change Management and Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Employees educated in Project Management are typically practiced in Release Management, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Release Manager

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


For many Software Release Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $75K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $98K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $109K. 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 $119K.

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Key Stats for Software Release Manager

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
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1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$92,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

ScrumMaster
up arrow 15%


National Average
$92,000


Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
up arrow 6%

Change Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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