Lead Software Development Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Lead Software Development Engineers, overall income ranges from $76K near the bottom to $155K at the top; this can include more than $22K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Lead Software Development Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$74,700 - $144,195
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MEDIAN: $102,485
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$30.41 - $83.88
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MEDIAN: $55.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,700 - $144,195  
   
Bonus
$1,855 - $22,325  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $15,260  
Total Pay (?
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$75,984 - $154,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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Hourly Rate
$30.41 - $83.88  
   
Overtime
$47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,855 - $22,325  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $15,260  
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).
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$75,984 - $154,505  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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Job Description for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

A lead software development engineer will lead efforts to create software that fits certain needs within a company. Work may be done for a consulting company that provides software solutions to various companies, or it may be done directly for a company. This software can have various purposes. In any case, the engineer will often try to make the format of the software easier to use for the end user.

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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Test and document software for server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.

Common Career Paths for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Lead Software Development Engineers who go on to become Software Engineering Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Software Engineering Directors is $139K annually. Lead Software Development Engineers typically move into roles as Software Development Managers or Software Architects, and those positions pay $7K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Dominating the field, Microsoft Corp, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Amazon.com Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Accenture Technology Solutions are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Lead Software Development Engineers. Lead Software Development Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Amazon.com Inc, where the average salary comes to $147K.

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Survey results imply that Lead Software Development Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in C++ Programming Language, Java/J2EE, Java, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, ASP.NET Framework, and ASP.NET. Most people experienced in .NET also know ASP.NET and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $88K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $98K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $117K. Lead Software Development Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $121K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $107,943

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Lead Software Development Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Lead Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+31 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), New York (+26 percent), and Bellevue (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Philadelphia (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)?

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) in Denver:
"Not satisfied with Work Environment."
Pros: Work Flexibility, Office Conditions, Professional, System, Company Stability.
Cons: Stress, Long hours, Management, Work Environment.

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Key Stats for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.
048
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



National Average
$108,000



Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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