Software Release Manager Salary

Nearly one-half of Software Release Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $58K to $130K per year, but median earnings come to around $89K per year. Overall cash earnings for Software Release Managers stretch from $58K on the lower end to $130K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $19K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision insurance. For the most part, Software Release Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,616 - $123,459
(Median)
$57K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,588
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$26.19 - $69.04
(Median)
$26
$52
$69
MEDIAN: $51.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,616 - $123,459  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $14,515  
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $19,487  
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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$57,646 - $129,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.19 - $69.04  
   
Overtime
$48.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $14,515  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $19,487  
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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$57,646 - $129,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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

  • 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Change Management and Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Release Management is a skill commonly found among those who know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Release Manager

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Software Release Managers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $71K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $92K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $104K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $110K.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$92,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

Project Management
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National Average
$92,000

Release Management
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Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
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Change Management
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 80%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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