Software Release Manager Salary

The average Software Release Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $91K per year. Total cash compensation for Software Release Managers runs from $58K to $136K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $16K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Software Release Managers making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Software Release Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,376 - $130,495
$59K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,771
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$18.31 - $75.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$59,376 - $130,495  
   
Bonus
$1,711 - $15,893  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,872  
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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$57,991 - $135,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.31 - $75.50  
   
Overtime
$38.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,711 - $15,893  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,872  
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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$57,991 - $135,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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


Survey results show that Software Release Managers typically report just a few professional 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. Experience with Project Management is often linked with knowledge of Release Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Release Manager

Pay by Experience for a Software Release Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Release Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 91 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Release Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 68 salaries. An experienced Software Release Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $110,000 based on 81 salaries. A Software Release Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $93,513

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Software Release Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 42 percent above the national average. Software Release Managers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+28 percent), Chicago (+23 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Austin (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (3 percent lower) and Seattle (2 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Software Release Manager

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

▲26%

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$94,000

▼19%

Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

ScrumMaster
▲13%


National Average
$94,000


Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
▼7%

Change Management
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 78%
no benefits
None: 8%