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Software Engineering Manager Salary

  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $180,000 $15,000 $3,461 $87
75th Percentile $160,000 $13,333 $3,076 $77
Average $144,093 $12,007 $2,771 $69
25th Percentile $126,000 $10,500 $2,423 $61
$84,000 - $94,499
4% of jobs
$94,500 - $104,999
4% of jobs
$105,000 - $115,499
5% of jobs
$115,500 - $125,999
9% of jobs
$126,000 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$126,000 - $136,499
14% of jobs
The average salary is $144,093 a year
$136,500 - $146,999
18% of jobs
$147,000 - $157,499
17% of jobs
$160,000 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$157,500 - $167,999
12% of jobs
$168,000 - $178,499
4% of jobs
$180,000 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$178,500 - $188,999
4% of jobs
$189,000 - $199,500
2% of jobs

National Average

$84,000 $144,093/year $69/hour $199,500
Software Engineering Manager Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Chicago, IL

As of Oct 22, 2020, the average annual pay for a Software Engineering Manager in the United States is $144,093 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $69.28 an hour. This is the equivalent of $2,771/week or $12,008/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $199,500 and as low as $84,000, the majority of Software Engineering Manager salaries currently range between $126,000 (25th percentile) to $160,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $180,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a Software Engineering Manager varies greatly (by as much as $34,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Software Engineering Manager job market in both Chicago, IL and the surrounding area is very active. A Software Engineering Manager in your area makes on average $147,506 per year, or $3,413 (2%) more than the national average annual salary of $144,093. ranks number 1 out of 50 states nationwide for Software Engineering Manager salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Software Engineering Manager jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a Software Engineering Manager on ZipRecruiter today.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Software Engineering Manager Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a Software Engineering Manager job is above the national average. Topping the list is Sunnyvale, CA, with Santa Cruz, CA and Redwood City, CA close behind in the second and third positions. Redwood City, CA beats the national average by $25,114 (16.0%), and Sunnyvale, CA furthers that trend with another $30,506 (19.1%) above the $144,093 average.

Significantly, Sunnyvale, CA has a very active Software Engineering Manager job market as there are several companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a Software Engineering Manager appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 7% between Sunnyvale, CA and Dickinson, ND, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a Software Engineering Manager role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Sunnyvale, CA$174,599$14,550$3,358$83.94
Santa Cruz, CA$173,421$14,452$3,335$83.38
Redwood City, CA$169,207$14,101$3,254$81.35
Santa Rosa, CA$169,002$14,083$3,250$81.25
Williston, ND$165,859$13,822$3,190$79.74
Manhattan, NY$165,423$13,785$3,181$79.53
Barnstable Town, MA$164,355$13,696$3,161$79.02
Cambridge, MA$163,660$13,638$3,147$78.68
Arlington, VA$162,456$13,538$3,124$78.10
Dickinson, ND$161,462$13,455$3,105$77.63

Top 5 Best Paying Related Software Engineering Manager Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the Software Engineering Manager job category that pay more per year than a typical Software Engineering Manager salary. Top examples of these roles include: Vice President of Software Development, Vice President Software Engineering, and Senior Director of Engineering.

However, these example jobs are paid fairly similarly to Software Engineering Manager jobs, with a range of just $28,784 (18.2%) to $88,719 (47.1%) more than the average Software Engineering Manager salary of $144,093.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Vice President of Software Development$232,812$19,401$4,477$111.93
Vice President Software Engineering$193,750$16,146$3,726$93.15
Senior Director of Engineering$185,500$15,458$3,567$89.18
Vice President of Software Engineering$178,499$14,875$3,433$85.82
VP Software$172,877$14,406$3,325$83.11

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