Software Release Manager Salary

Software Release Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly one-half of Software Release Managers. Salaries average out to around $88K per year and spread from $58K to $128K per year. Total incomes of Software Release Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $14K from bonuses and close to $19K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $58K and $128K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, almost all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a large number have vision insurance, as well. The majority of Software Release Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$57,321 - $121,515
(Median)
$57K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,092
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$26.42 - $67.92
(Median)
$26
$48
$68
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,321 - $121,515  
   
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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$58,465 - $128,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.42 - $67.92  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $80.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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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$58,465 - $128,210  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Release Management, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and Change Management 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Project Management to be familiar with 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.


Software Release Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $72K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $92K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Software Release Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $109K on average.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$92,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

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 6%

Change Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 83% employee benefits None: 8%
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