Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salary

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $94K per year on average but can range from $62K to $135K per year. Total incomes of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $135K. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The vast majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers (89 percent) survey respondents are men. Most Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$61,606 - $127,501
MEDIAN: $94,114

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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.
$61,606 - $127,501  
$102.13 - $14,986  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $5,152  
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).
$62,495 - $134,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 226
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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, Visual Basic, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Internet Information Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and ASP.NET. Most people skilled in .NET are similarly competent 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.

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $80K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $87K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $103K on average. Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $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 40 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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 7%