Software Development Manager Salary

Software Development Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $121K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. With some bonuses approaching $23K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Software Development Managers spread between $89K and $165K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The vast majority (89 percent) of Software Development Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. The majority of Software Development Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$86,345 - $153,729
$86K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $121,012
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$19.49 - $86.16
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MEDIAN: $48.82
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$0$166K
Salary $86,345 - $153,729
Bonus $2,073 - $23,898
Profit Sharing $968 - $20,084
Total Pay (?
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$88,721 - $166,505
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,782
Hourly Data $0$86
Hourly Rate $19.49 - $86.16
Overtime $21.14 - $74.83
Annual Data $0$166K
Bonus $2,073 - $23,898
Profit Sharing $968 - $20,084
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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$88,721 - $166,505
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 37

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Job Description for Software Development Manager

A software development manager is in charge of designing and developing software systems for medical, military, business, scientific, and general computing applications. They are also in charge of modifying existing software that may contain errors or that needs an upgrade. They analyze, store, and retrieve information that can enable them to create the best software available.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Software Development Manager


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For Software Development Managers, progressing to a VP of Computer Software Engineering role may result in a significant raise. On average, a VP of Computer Software Engineering can earn $164K annually. Becoming a Software Engineering or a Software Engineering Manager is often the next step for a Software Development Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Development Manager


Software Development Managers flock to Amazon.com Inc, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Tyler Technologies, Inc., Oracle Corp., and Intel Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. With a median salary of $156K, Amazon.com Inc offers Software Development Managers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $121K and are capped at $182K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Oracle, Oracle Corp., and Intel Corporation, where Software Development Managers typically earn around $152K, $151K, or $142K, respectively.

With a median salary of $85K, Tyler Technologies, Inc. provides Software Development Managers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $119K, limiting employee salary growth. International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Thomson Reuters and Hewlett-Packard Company are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $129K, $140K, and $141K.

Popular Skills for Software Development Manager


Software Development Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Java, C++, Agile, and Agile Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ASP.NET, C#, and Microsoft SQL Server. The majority of those who know C# also know Agile. It is often found that people who know .NET are also skilled in Project Management and Agile.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Development Manager

Pay by Experience for a Software Development Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Development Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $104,000 based on 234 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Development Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $117,000 based on 471 salaries. An experienced Software Development Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $131,000 based on 1,059 salaries. A Software Development Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $133,000 based on 414 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,104

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Software Development Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 48 percent above the national average. Software Development Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Chicago (+11 percent). With compensation 5 percent below the national average, Los Angeles is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Minneapolis and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Software Development Manager

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 303 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Software Development Manager Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$127,000

▼8%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Software Development Manager Salaries

▲5%

C++
▲1%

Agile
▼0%

Agile Software Development
▼0%

National Average
$127,000



▼2%

▼3%



SQL
▼5%



C#
▼9%

▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 87%
vision benefits
Vision: 79%
no benefits
None: 5%
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