Software Release Manager Salary

Approximately half of Software Release Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $59K to $128K per year, and the average comes out to $88K per year. In the world of Software Release Managers, overall income ranges from $59K near the bottom to $128K at the top; this can include more than $14K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Software Release Managers is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Software Release Managers making up 58 percent of survey respondents. Almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and a large number get vision benefits. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26.42 - $67.92

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,832 - $121,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,906  
Profit Sharing
$1,532 - $18,596  
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$58,801 - $127,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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Hourly Rate
$26.42 - $67.92  
   
Overtime
$17.50 - $69.25  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,906  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,532 - $18,596  
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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$58,801 - $127,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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


Software Release Managers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Release Management, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and Change Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Change Management and Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Those with knowledge of Project Management tend to be skilled in Release Management as well.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $72K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $92K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $104K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $109K.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$92,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$92,000

Release Management
up arrow 1%

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
up arrow 5%

Change Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 80% employee benefits None: 8%
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