Software Release Manager Salary

Software Release Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up roughly one-half of Software Release Managers. Pay fluctuates from $59K to $128K per year, but expected earnings average $88K 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 $59K and $128K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Release Managers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$57,494 - $121,379
(Median)
$57K
$88K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,340
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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
$57,494 - $121,379  
   
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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$58,578 - $128,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$26.42 - $67.92  
   
Overtime
$17.50 - $69.25  
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$50K$100K$150K
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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$58,578 - $128,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


Job skills reported by Software Release Managers are limited. 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $73K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $92K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $105K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $110K.

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Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$93,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries


National Average
$93,000

Release Management
up arrow 1%

Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
up arrow 6%

Change Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

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: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 8%
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