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Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salary

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly less than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $61K to $134K per year, median earnings come to $94K per year. Overall cash earnings for Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers vary widely between $61K and $134K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The vast majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. The majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$61,147 - $125,142
MEDIAN: $93,974

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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.
$61,147 - $125,142  
$509 - $14,698  
Profit Sharing
$993 - $14,681  
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).
$61,346 - $133,740  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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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 results imply that Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, UNIX, Java, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, ASP.NET, and .NET. Most people experienced in SQL also know .NET and C#. Most people familiar with Java also know C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications

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

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $87K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $119K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 62 votes.


16 %
84 %

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%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 8%