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Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salary

Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just under two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $95K per year, but may range from $62K to $134K per year. Total cash compensation for Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers runs from $62K to $134K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $15K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. The majority of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority (89 percent) of Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$61,331 - $127,213
MEDIAN: $94,621

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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.
$61,331 - $127,213  
$250.00 - $14,874  
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).
$61,671 - $134,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229

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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 deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Java, Visual Basic, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Internet Information Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and .NET. For most people, competency in .NET indicates knowledge of SQL.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $82K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $86K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $101K. As Lead Computer Software Applications Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $115K.

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Experience Affects Lead Computer Software Engineer, Applications Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.


11 %
89 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%