Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salary

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with roughly three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $96K annually on average but can range from $66K to $136K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $39K, overall incomes of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers spread between $66K and $136K depending on individual performance. The vast majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$64,744 - $129,151
MEDIAN: $95,773

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$64,744 - $129,151  
$97.87 - $14,858  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $38,783  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$65,508 - $136,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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

  • 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.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Mentor other employees in development methodologies.

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Popular Skills for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Java, Linux, and Visual Basic are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Internet Information Server and ASP.NET. Most people experienced in .NET also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

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

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $82K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $90K on average. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $105K. Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $113K.

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Experience Affects Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salaries

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Skills That Affect Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.


15 %
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 7%