Salaries for Systems & Programming Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($98K) per year. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Systems & Programming Managers survey respondents are men (73 percent). Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$51,823 - $153,412
MEDIAN: $98,461

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$50,507 - $165,555  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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Job Description for Systems & Programming Manager

Systems and programming manager positions are a mix between mid-level work and supervisory duties. Many of the day-to-day responsibilities includes guiding and supervising coworkers to ensure quality and efficiency standards are met. However, this position also requires specific knowledge of technical subjects in the programming languages and systems used by the hiring company. Specific tasks performed by systems and programming managers include ensuring changes to applications are properly documented, auditing code for standards and performance, scheduling and designing development cycles, and ensuring client needs are being met. This position has minimal physical requirements beyond long hours spent in an office using computers. Systems and programming managers typically work in an office environment during regular business hours, although overtime may be occasionally required depending on the company's needs.


Systems & Programming Manager Tasks

  • Oversee testing protocols and evaluate results to determine next steps, and suggest technical alternatives.
  • Write, apply, check, and test requirements and developed code.
  • Assess, propose, and evaluate hardware and software solutions for various projects.
  • Analyze, design, develop, and integrate hardware, software, and interfaces.
  • Act as subject matter expert for programs and systems, and prioritize and interpret changes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Systems & Programming Manager

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

Systems & Programming Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $62K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $75K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $114K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $118K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Systems & Programming Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Systems & Programming Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


27 %
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 88%
medical benefits
Vision: 88%
dental benefits
None: 4%