Software Release Manager Salary

Pay for Software Release Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $91K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision plans. Male Software Release Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 59 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$59,193 - $130,869
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MEDIAN: $91,266
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$17.94 - $76.98
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$0$137K
Salary $59,193 - $130,869
Bonus $979 - $17,362
Profit Sharing $2,948
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$58,186 - $137,666
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 212
Hourly Data $0$76
Hourly Rate $17.94 - $76.98
Overtime $28.06
Annual Data $0$137K
Bonus $979 - $17,362
Profit Sharing $2,948
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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$58,186 - $137,666
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15

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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 use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in ScrumMaster, Project Management, Release Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Change Management and Information Technology Infrastructure Library. Competency in Project Management frequently indicates 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: $93,774

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, 41 percent above the national average. Software Release Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like 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 and Seattle (3 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Software Release Manager

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

▲25%

▲17%

▲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
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
vision benefits
Vision: 80%
no benefits
None: 10%
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