Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Compensation for Lead Software Development Engineers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($100K). With some bonuses approaching $19K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $31K, overall incomes of Lead Software Development Engineers spread between $74K and $149K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. For the most part, Lead Software Development Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$72,817 - $135,649

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$40.04 - $82.09

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$72,817 - $135,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,431  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $30,639  
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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$74,070 - $149,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$29$58$87
Hourly Rate
$40.04 - $82.09  
   
Overtime
$1.30 - $84.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,431  
   
Profit Sharing
$587 - $30,639  
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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$74,070 - $149,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
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Job Description for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

A lead software development engineer (SDE) plays a very important role for a large number of businesses and corporations due to the reliance on computers and technology of this modern age. The qualifications required involve a number of high-level technical skills as well as important character traits associated with being an effective leader. An advanced knowledge of computer programming and familiarity with a multitude of the most widely used computer languages is required. The types of companies that hire for a lead SDE vary in services, product, design and use of the software, so adaptability and flexibility as to the functionality required in the software is a highly useful skill to have.

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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Tasks

  • Write, modify, and debug software for web sites.
  • Test and document software for client applications.
  • Use source debuggers and visual development environments.
  • Test and document software for web sites.
  • Work with with designers and content producers.
  • Write code to generate web pages, access databases and business logic servers.
  • Use source debuggers, program dumps, and performance monitoring tools.
  • Write code to create multi-threaded, networked server applications.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for server applications.
  • Write code to create single-threaded or user interface event driven applications, either stand-alone and those which access servers or services.
  • Write, modify, and debug software for client applications.
  • Test and document software for server applications.

Common Career Paths for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


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Lead Software Development Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Software Engineering. The latter position pays an average of $136K annually. Typical career progression for a Lead Software Development Engineer involves becoming a Software Development Manager or a Senior Software Architect, roles that pay $8K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Wipro Technologies Ltd., and Accenture Technology Solutions are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Lead Software Development Engineers. Although Amazon.com Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $151K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $100K or as much as $187K.

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Lead Software Development Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in JavaScript, UNIX, C++, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include PL/SQL, ASP.NET, and Oracle. Those proficient in .NET are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Lead Software Development Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $83K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $97K on average. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $114K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $119K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Lead Software Development Engineers, Redmond offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Lead Software Development Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+35 percent), San Jose (+28 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and New York (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers in Minneapolis and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries



National Average
$105,000



Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries


C++
up arrow 4%

UNIX
up arrow 4%

C
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 3%

Java/J2EE
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Java
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HTML
0%

National Average
$105,000

.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 3%

SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Oracle
up arrow 3%

ASP.NET
up arrow 4%

PL/SQL
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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