Software Release Manager Salary

Earnings for Software Release Managers in the United States come in at around $92K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. In this profession, most enjoy medical and dental coverage, and a large number have vision insurance, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,621 - $130,800
$61K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,897
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$16.25 - $77.42
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MEDIAN: $57.33
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$0$138K
Salary $60,621 - $130,800
Bonus $964 - $17,517
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$59,745 - $138,449
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 224
Hourly Data $0$77
Hourly Rate $16.25 - $77.42
Overtime $27.49
Annual Data $0$138K
Bonus $964 - $17,517
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$59,745 - $138,449
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

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 imply that Software Release Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in ScrumMaster, Project Management, Release Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) 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. It is not unusual for someone who knows Project Management to be familiar with Release Management as well.

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: $94,914

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

For Software Release Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Release Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+27 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Austin (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Dallas and 3 percent less in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Software Release Manager Salaries

▲24%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$95,000

▼20%

Skills That Affect Software Release Manager Salaries

ScrumMaster
▲12%


National Average
$95,000


Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
▼8%

Change Management
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
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%