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Software Release Manager Salary (United States)

Software Release Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up nearly one-half of Software Release Managers. Pay fluctuates from $57K to $128K per year, but expected earnings average $87K per year. Final cash compensation to Software Release Managers varies from around $57K to approximately $128K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $10K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Software Release Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Software Release Managers (65 percent) survey respondents. A large number have medical and dental plans, and most have vision insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Software Release Manager Salary (?
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$54,785 - $121,203
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MEDIAN: $87,121
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Software Release Manager Salary (?
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$33.94 - $61.82
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MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,785 - $121,203  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $9,933  
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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$57,284 - $128,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$33.94 - $61.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,899  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,510 - $9,933  
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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$57,284 - $128,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Software Release Managers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Project Management, Release Management, and Change Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Change Management. Competency in Project Management frequently indicates knowledge of Release Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Release Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Software Release Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $90K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $104K. Software Release Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $107K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$91,000
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For Software Release Managers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 11 percent greater than the national average. Software Release Managers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$91,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

National Average
$91,000
Release Management
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Change Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
35%
female alumni
 
Male
65%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 83% employee benefits None: 10%