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Working As A Senior Software Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $134,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Software Manager Do

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Duties

Computer and information systems managers typically do the following:

  • Analyze their organization’s computer needs and recommend possible upgrades for top executives to consider
  • Plan and direct the installation and maintenance of computer hardware and software
  • Ensure the security of an organization’s network and electronic documents
  • Assess the costs and benefits of new projects and justify funding on projects to top executives
  • Learn about new technology and look for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems
  • Determine short- and long-term personnel needs for their department
  • Plan and direct the work of other IT professionals, including computer systems analysts, software developers, information security analysts, and computer support specialists
  • Negotiate with vendors to get the highest level of service for their organization’s technology

Few managers carry out all of these duties. There are various types of computer and information systems managers, and the specific duties of each are determined by the size and structure of the firm. Smaller firms may not employ every type of manager.

The following are examples of types of computer and information systems managers:

Chief information officers (CIOs) are responsible for the overall technology strategy of their organizations. They help determine the technology or information goals of an organization and then oversee implementation of technology to meet those goals.

CIOs may focus on a specific area, such as electronic data processing or information systems, but CIOs tend to focus more on long-term or big picture issues. At small organizations a CIO has more direct control over the IT department, and at larger organizations other managers under the CIO may handle the day-to-day activities of the IT department.

CIOs who do not have technical expertise and who focus solely on a company’s business aspects are included in a separate profile on top executives.

Chief technology officers (CTOs) evaluate new technology and determine how it can help their organization. When both CIOs and CTOs are present, the CTO usually has more technical expertise.

The CTO is responsible for designing and recommending the appropriate technology solutions to support the policies and directives issued by the CIO. CTOs also work with different departments to implement the organization’s technology plans.

The CTO usually reports directly to the CIO and may be responsible for overseeing the development of new technologies or other research and development activities. When a company does not have a CIO, the CTO determines the overall technology strategy for the firm and presents it to top executives.

IT directors, including management information systems (MIS) directors, are in charge of their organizations’ information technology (IT) departments, and they directly supervise other employees. IT directors help to determine the business requirements for IT systems, and they implement the policies that have been chosen by top executives. IT directors often have a direct role in hiring members of the IT department. It is their job to ensure the availability of data and network services by coordinating IT activities. IT directors also oversee the financial aspects of their department, such as budgeting.  

IT security managers oversee their organizations’ network and data security. They work with top executives to plan security policies and promote a culture of information security throughout the organization. They develop programs to keep employees aware of security threats. These managers must keep up to date on IT security measures. They also supervise investigations if there is a security violation.

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How To Become A Senior Software Manager

Typically, a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, plus related work experience, is required. Many computer and information systems managers also have a graduate degree.

Education

Computer and information systems managers normally must have a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information science–related field. Such a degree usually takes 4 years to complete and includes courses in computer programming, software development, and mathematics. Management information systems (MIS) programs usually include business classes as well as computer-related ones.

Many organizations require their computer and information systems managers to have a graduate degree as well. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is common and takes 2 years beyond the undergraduate level to complete. Many people pursuing an MBA take classes while working, an option that can increase the time required to complete that degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most jobs for computer and information systems managers require several years of experience in a related information technology (IT) job. Lower level management positions may require only a few years of experience. Directors are more likely to need 5 to 10 years of related work experience. A chief technology officer (CTO), who oversees the technology plan for a large organization, may need more than 15 years of experience in the IT field before being considered for a job.

The number of years of experience required varies with the organization. Generally, smaller or newer companies do not require as much experience as larger or more established ones.

Computer systems are used throughout the economy, and IT employees may gain experience in a variety of industries. However, an applicant’s work experience should be in the same industry they are applying to work in. For example, an IT security manager should have previously worked in information security. A hospital IT director should have experience in the healthcare field.

Advancement

Most computer and information systems managers start out as lower level managers and advance to higher positions within the IT department. IT directors or project managers can advance to become CTOs. A CTO or other manager who is especially business minded can advance to become a chief information officer (CIO), the person in charge of all IT-related decisions in an organization. CIOs can advance to become top executives in an organization.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. IT managers must be able to analyze problems and consider and select the best ways to solve them.

Business skills. IT managers must develop and implement strategic plans to reach the goals of their organizations.

Communication skills. IT managers must be able to explain their work to top executives and give clear instructions to their subordinates.

Decisionmaking skills. Some IT managers must make important decisions about how to allocate resources in order to reach their organizations’ goals.

Leadership skills. IT managers must be able to lead and motivate IT teams or departments so that workers are efficient and effective.

Organizational skills. Some IT managers must coordinate the work of several different IT departments to make the organization run efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Software Director 3.9 years
Software Leader 3.3 years
Top Careers Before Senior Software Manager
Manager 5.3%
Top Careers After Senior Software Manager
Director 5.4%
Consultant 2.7%

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Senior Software Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

71.7%

Female

17.7%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

52.5%

Asian

19.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

9.6%

Unknown

5.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Chinese

15.8%

Swedish

10.5%

Japanese

10.5%

French

10.5%

Spanish

10.5%

Mandarin

10.5%

Italian

10.5%

Portuguese

5.3%

Finnish

5.3%

German

5.3%

Carrier

5.3%
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Senior Software Manager Education

Schools

Arizona State University

6.7%

San Jose State University

6.7%

University of Phoenix

6.7%

Northeastern University

6.7%

Southern Methodist University

5.3%

University of California - Davis

5.3%

Santa Clara University

5.3%

University of California - Berkeley

5.3%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

University of Iowa

5.3%

University of Delaware

5.3%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

San Diego State University

4.0%

Stanford University

4.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

Purdue University

4.0%

More Tech Institute

4.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Northwestern University

4.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

26.1%

Business

20.2%

Electrical Engineering

12.8%

Computer Engineering

7.4%

Project Management

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Computer Information Systems

3.1%

Finance

3.1%

Engineering

2.7%

Management Information Systems

2.3%

Marketing

2.3%

English

1.9%

Information Systems

1.9%

Writing

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Physics

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.6%

Law

1.2%

Chemistry

1.2%

International Business

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

45.1%

Bachelors

36.7%

Other

7.5%

Doctorate

5.2%

Certificate

4.2%

Associate

1.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$103,000
Min 10%
$134,000
Median 50%
$134,000
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$173,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Senior Software Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Software Manager in the United States is $134,210 per year or $65 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $103,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $173,000.

Real Senior Software Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Software Manager Cienet Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 14, 2016 $213,803
Manager SR. Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Mar 11, 2012 $200,000
Manager Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 23, 2016 $187,682 -
$270,000
Senior Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 04, 2016 $187,682 -
$225,000
Manager Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jun 15, 2015 $181,202 -
$224,856
Senior Software Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Aug 08, 2015 $180,995 -
$205,477
Senior Software Manager Mellanox Technologies Redmond, WA Jan 13, 2016 $180,000
Manager Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 03, 2014 $175,637 -
$233,000
Senior Software Manager Oracle America, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Dec 17, 2012 $175,000
Manager Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 03, 2014 $174,037 -
$214,000
Senior Software Manager General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Mar 31, 2016 $170,200
Senior Software Manager Reflektion, Inc. San Mateo, CA Dec 27, 2016 $169,166 -
$195,000
Senior Software Manager Twitter, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 18, 2013 $168,000
Senior Software Program Manager Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 04, 2016 $166,639 -
$197,227
Manager Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Feb 24, 2010 $157,663
Manager Senior Systems Software Nvidia Corporation Bothell, WA Jun 15, 2010 $157,643
Senior Software Manager Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Jun 27, 2016 $148,900
SR. Software Applications Manager Quantenna Communications, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 08, 2010 $145,000
Senior Software Manager (Multiple Positions) General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Mar 31, 2016 $145,000
Senior Software Manager (Multiple Positions) General Electric Company San Ramon, CA Apr 14, 2016 $145,000
Senior Software Manager CSR Technology Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 01, 2012 $140,476
Senior Software Program Manager TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. Cambridge, MA May 30, 2016 $125,000
Manager, Data Driven Application/Sr. Software Engi Myspace, Inc. Beverly Hills, CA May 31, 2010 $121,847
Senior Manager, Software Solutions HBO Latin America Production Services Coral Gables, FL Mar 11, 2015 $120,510
Senior Software Implementation Manager Spectra QEST America Corp Oakbrook Terrace, IL Jan 02, 2016 $120,000
SR. Software Applications Manager Quantenna Communications, Inc. Fremont, CA May 04, 2013 $119,662 -
$170,000
Senior Software Manager Onprocess Technology Inc. Ashland, MA Jul 20, 2015 $119,000
Senior Manager Software Technology Applied Biosystems, LLC Foster City, CA Aug 14, 2009 $118,700 -
$178,060

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Top Skills for A Senior Software Manager

  1. Software Development
  2. Business Development
  3. Project Management
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  • Implemented software development tools that significantly improved global engineering efficiency through shared file structures and development integration environments.
  • Lead the software line of business development teams in a migration to a continuous delivery model.
  • Researched project management system solutions to find a more efficient tool to manage revenue-generating solution projects.
  • Supported system architecture development, electronic architecture development, system requirement development and interfaced to other software development teams.
  • Customized and led a company-wide product development process, Stage-Gate-Waterfall, to be adopted across multiple platforms.

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