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Working As A Senior Software Engineer Manager

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

  • $135,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Engineer Manager 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 Software Engineer Manager

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 Length of Employment
Software Director 3.9 years
Software Leader 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Software Engineer Manager
Consultant 2.7%
Programmer 2.1%
Top Careers After Senior Software Engineer Manager
Consultant 5.6%
Director 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$135,000
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$110,000
Min 10%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$135,000
Median 50%
$167,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Mountain View, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
4.7 years
How much does a Senior Software Engineer Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Software Engineer Manager in the United States is $135,995 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $110,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $167,000.

Real Senior Software Engineer Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jul 27, 2016 $221,291 -
$244,400
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Linkedin Corporation Mountain View, CA Jun 24, 2016 $213,803 -
$290,600
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Linkedin Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 13, 2016 $203,798 -
$290,600
Managers-Software Engineering (Senior Manager, Tech OPS) Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $200,366
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2015 $193,325
Senior Engineering Manager, Software Platform Aliphcom San Francisco, CA Feb 10, 2015 $191,000
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Risk Management Solutions, Inc. Newark, CA Dec 02, 2016 $190,000
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Trinet Hr Corporation Austin, TX Sep 09, 2016 $190,000
Managers-Software Engineering (Senior Manager, Software Engineering) Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Aug 03, 2016 $188,822
Senior Software Engineering Manager Salesforce.com San Francisco, CA Nov 14, 2016 $187,000
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Nov 30, 2016 $185,212
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 14, 2015 $185,000
Senior Software Engineering Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Nov 10, 2016 $165,401
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Groupon, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 25, 2015 $165,000 -
$215,000
Senior Software Engineering Manager Foursquare Labs, Inc. New York, NY Aug 23, 2016 $165,000
Senior Manager of Software Engineering Salesforce.com, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 20, 2015 $164,350
SR. Staff Software Engineer/Manager Qualcomm Atheros, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 26, 2015 $164,195
Senior Software Engineer Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Sep 30, 2016 $163,945
Senior Staff Software Engineer/Manager Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 23, 2016 $163,363 -
$214,000
SR Manager, Software DEV Engineering Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 29, 2016 $148,300 -
$248,800
Senior Manager, Software Engineering EMC Corporation New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $147,050 -
$199,750
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Salesforce.com Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 18, 2016 $145,725
Senior Manager, Software Engineering EMC Corporation San Francisco, CA Aug 17, 2015 $145,725 -
$175,000
SR Manager, Software DEV Engineering Yahoo! Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 09, 2016 $145,350 -
$248,800
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Capital One Services II LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 11, 2016 $142,500 -
$224,100
Senior Manager, Software Engineering Capital One Services II LLC San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $142,500 -
$224,100
Senior Software Engineer Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 16, 2016 $142,486

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Engineer Manager

  1. Software Development
  2. Web Application
  3. Pl/Sql
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented a flexible software development framework based on agile and RUP methodologies greatly improving the productivity of engineering resources.
  • Developed several new modules as part of an existing web application that supports many critical operations.
  • Created ETL code using Informatica PowerMart 5.1.2 and PL/SQL stored procedures and reports using Cognos Impromptu 6.0 and Cognos PowerPlay 6.6.
  • Communicated technical solutions and project status to customer *Designed and implemented system and database architecture.
  • Lead team of 40 developers and architects while overseeing development/architecture work on multiple projects and applications.

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Top 10 Best States for Senior Software Engineer Managers

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  2. California
  3. New Hampshire
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Colorado
  7. North Carolina
  8. Virginia
  9. District of Columbia
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Senior Software Engineer Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

75.3%

Female

13.3%

Unknown

11.4%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Asian

20.5%

Hispanic or Latino

11.9%

Black or African American

9.3%

Unknown

5.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

21.7%

Japanese

13.0%

Cantonese

13.0%

Chinese

8.7%

Spanish

8.7%

French

8.7%

Korean

8.7%

Danish

4.3%

German

4.3%

Hebrew

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%
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Senior Software Engineer Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.1%

Santa Clara University

7.1%

Northeastern University

6.6%

University of Florida

5.6%

Boston University

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.1%

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5.1%

University of California - San Diego

5.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.6%

Stanford University

4.6%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

4.6%

San Jose State University

4.6%

National University

4.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.1%

George Washington University

4.1%

Old Dominion University

4.1%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.1%

Purdue University

4.1%
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Majors

Computer Science

37.4%

Business

11.9%

Computer Engineering

11.2%

Electrical Engineering

10.1%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Project Management

3.0%

Finance

2.9%

Mathematics

2.5%

Information Systems

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Information Technology

1.8%

Marketing

1.4%

Physics

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Engineering

1.2%

Psychology

0.9%

Mechanical Engineering

0.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

0.9%

Engineering And Industrial Management

0.9%
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Degrees

Masters

41.3%

Bachelors

41.1%

Other

8.7%

Doctorate

3.7%

Certificate

2.5%

Associate

2.0%

Diploma

0.9%
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