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Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salary

The majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States — just below two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $61K to $134K per year, and the median is $95K annually. Overall cash earnings for Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers stretch from $61K on the lower end to $134K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Job satisfaction for Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$61,181 - $127,723
MEDIAN: $94,863

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$61,181 - $127,723  
$397.32 - $14,822  
Profit Sharing
$979 - $5,537  
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).
$61,056 - $134,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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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

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, C++, Java, and Visual Basic are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft SQL Server, Internet Information Server, and HTML. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

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

For Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $80K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $85K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $101K. Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $117K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%