Average Software Development Manager Salary

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The average salary for a Software Development Manager is $122,497.
MEDIAN $122,497
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$90k - $172k

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Job Description for Software Development Manager

Software Development Manager Tasks
  • Act as a resource for software developers on policies, procedures and technical issues.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate all activities associated with writing software.
  • Plan, direct and coordinate daily activities of a department/group/team.
  • Hire, review, and fire non-management employees.
The top respondents for the job title Software Development Manager are from the companies Amazon.com Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Oracle Corp.. Reported salaries are highest at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. where the average pay is $149,206. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Oracle Corp. and Amazon.com Inc, earning around $148,445 and $147,833, respectively. Tyler Technologies, Inc. pays the lowest at around $78,850. Thomson Reuters and General Motors Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $124,130 and $132,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Development Manager

Skills in People Management and Agile Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET, Project Management and Software Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Manager

An entry-level Software Development Manager with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $96,463 based on 20 salaries. An early career Software Development Manager with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,630 based on 293 salaries. A mid-career Software Development Manager with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $110,988 based on 518 salaries. An experienced Software Development Manager with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $125,135 based on 1,579 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $128,988.
Employees with Software Development Manager in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 16.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (14.0% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (12.8% more).

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