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Working As A Senior Release Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $96,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Release Engineer Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A Senior Release Engineer

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

Although writing code is not their first priority, developers must have a strong background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school. Throughout their career, developers must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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Average Yearly Salary
$96,000
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$76,000
Min 10%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
Median 50%
$96,000
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$96,000
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$96,000
Median 50%
$123,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Salesforce
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Senior Release Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Release Engineer in the United States is $97,011 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $76,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $123,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Senior Release Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Lead Release Engineer Akamai Technologies, Inc. Oct 08, 2016 $157,500 -
$160,000
Senior Release Automation Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. Aug 01, 2014 $155,000
Senior Release Automation Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. Jan 08, 2014 $155,000
Engineer, SR. Principal-Configuration/Release Broadcom Corporation Oct 19, 2015 $154,183
Senior Release Engineer Hotwire, Inc. Jul 12, 2015 $150,000 -
$160,000
Senior Release Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Jan 26, 2015 $150,000
Senior Release Engineer Hortonworks, Inc. Mar 28, 2016 $150,000
Senior Release Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Jul 28, 2014 $145,000
Senior Release Engineer Salesforce.com, Inc. Oct 13, 2014 $145,000
Senior Release Engineer Markmonitor Inc. Apr 22, 2016 $138,362
Release Engineering Senior Salesforce.com Inc. Apr 19, 2016 $138,362
Senior Release Engineer/Coordinator Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Mar 29, 2016 $138,105
Senior Release Engineer Splunk Jul 19, 2016 $138,000
Senior Release Engineer Ten-X, LLC Jun 30, 2016 $122,004
Senior Release Engineer Blue Shield of California Jun 15, 2016 $121,222
Senior Release Engineer Blue Shield of California Sep 22, 2016 $121,222
SR. Release Engineer Blue Shield of California Dec 30, 2015 $121,222
Senior Release Engineer Blue Shield of California Jan 06, 2016 $121,222
SR. Release Engineer Splunk, Inc. Jan 02, 2016 $120,390 -
$158,000
Senior Release Engineer Red Beacon, Inc. Mar 14, 2016 $120,390 -
$138,445
Senior Release Engineer Apple Inc. Jun 30, 2014 $116,605 -
$135,000
Senior Release Engineer IAC Search & Media, Inc. Jan 06, 2014 $115,020 -
$151,719
SR Saas Platform Engineer/Build and Release Servicesource International Inc. Feb 07, 2015 $115,000 -
$184,000
SR. Release Engineer Shutterfly, Inc. Nov 12, 2013 $115,000
Senior Release Engineer Auction.com, LLC Dec 02, 2013 $115,000
Senior Release Engineer Hotwire, Inc. Jan 12, 2015 $114,400 -
$151,000
Senior Release Engineer Acxiom Corporation Mar 05, 2015 $114,400 -
$132,080
SR. Release Engineer Blue Shield of California Jun 24, 2014 $113,610 -
$130,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Release Engineer

  1. QA
  2. Web Servers
  3. Linux
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided 3rd level support to Professional Services, Customer Support, QA, EPDG, IT, Engineering and Sales.
  • Deploy production packages to web servers and application servers per business needs.
  • Provided on call support on Linux Production Servers.
  • Designed and automated continuous integration, nightly and on-demand build processes.
  • Ensured product lines were properly built, staged, and deployed to there respective environments successfully.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Release Engineers

  1. Washington
  2. California
  3. New Hampshire
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Texas
  8. Virginia
  9. Oregon
  10. Nevada
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Senior Release Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

74.1%

Female

20.9%

Unknown

5.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.9%

Asian

21.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Black or African American

7.0%

Unknown

5.2%
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Senior Release Engineer Education

Schools

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

8.7%

San Jose State University

8.7%

Boston University

8.7%

New York University

4.3%

National University

4.3%

Kennesaw State University

4.3%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4.3%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.3%

Illinois Central College

4.3%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.3%

Macomb Community College

4.3%

University of California - Irvine

4.3%

State University of New York at Binghamton

4.3%

Villanova University

4.3%

California Lutheran University

4.3%

Purdue University

4.3%

Biola University

4.3%

Hawaii Pacific University

4.3%

New Mexico State University

4.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

27.3%

Business

12.7%

Information Technology

7.3%

Computer Applications

7.3%

Computer Information Systems

5.5%

Finance

5.5%

Electrical Engineering

5.5%

Computer Systems Security

3.6%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

Psychology

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Management Information Systems

1.8%

Photography

1.8%

Philosophy

1.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.8%

Business Communications

1.8%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Chemical Engineering

1.8%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.6%

Masters

32.8%

Associate

12.1%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

3.4%
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