Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salary

With approximately three in five of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $62K to $134K per year and averages out to $94K annually. Cash earnings for Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers — including $15K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $62K to $134K depending on individual performance. The vast majority (88 percent) of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$61,606 - $126,989
MEDIAN: $94,361

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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 - $126,989  
$102.13 - $14,840  
Profit Sharing
$974 - $5,575  
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 - $133,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and ASP.NET. Most people who know .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.

For Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $80K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $88K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $103K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $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.


12 %
88 %

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%