Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $100K) surpassing six figures annually. The vast majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Almost all have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Though the majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$75,266 - $136,187
MEDIAN: $99,514

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$75,266 - $136,187  
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$72,125 - $142,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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Job Description for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

Lead computer software engineers for applications are responsible for leading the development of software applications within their organization. They are in charge of facilitating communication among engineers, developers, and other technical staff on project requirements and information, as well as helping motivate their peers to meet all project goals while minimizing use of company resources. Additionally, these engineers review software code to make sure it meets project specifications, as well as process applications to search for bugs and review memory consumption features. Lead computer software engineers generally report their progress to the software development manager in their organization.


Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Tasks

  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Mentor other employees in development methodologies.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.

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Popular Skills for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Internet Information Server, ASP.NET, and HTML. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $94K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $106K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $113K.

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Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Phoenix:
"Determine An Advancement Path That You Like Earn On."
Be Willing to Do the Hard Jobs others avoid. Learn by facing and tackling the most difficult problems and projects. Build relationships with top-talent co-workers to enable the use of team synergy in tough projects. Establish multiple upper management and HR connections. You know you are doing well when others emulate you -- even with little experience. Stay focused on going forward and let them continue to follow as it will create a wave of forward progress for the company and yourself.

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Skills That Affect Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


14 %
86 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 4%