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Software Release Manager Salary

Software Release Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent approximately half of Software Release Managers. Salaries average out to around $88K annually and spread from $58K to $128K per year. Total cash compensation for Software Release Managers runs from $58K to $128K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Software Release Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Software Release Managers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a large number have vision insurance, as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$56,259 - $121,039
(Median)
$56K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $87,704
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$26.03 - $69.04
(Median)
$26
$48
$69
MEDIAN: $47.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,259 - $121,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $9,863  
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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$57,522 - $128,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$26.03 - $69.04  
   
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 - $14,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,521 - $9,863  
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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$57,522 - $128,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. Project Management and Release Management are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Release Manager

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


For Software Release Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $72K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $90K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $104K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $107K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$92,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$92,000

Release Management
up arrow 1%

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
up arrow 5%

Change Management
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
21%
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: 82% employee benefits None: 8%
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