Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Lead Software Development Engineers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $105K) surpassing six figures annually. Total incomes of Lead Software Development Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $21K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $78K and $156K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$75,656 - $147,496
$76K
$100K
$150K
MEDIAN: $104,538
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50%
90%

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$39.73 - $100.22
$40
$57
$100
MEDIAN: $57.46
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90%

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$0$158K
Salary $75,656 - $147,496
Bonus $1,033 - $20,648
Profit Sharing $1,174 - $15,101
Total Pay (?
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$77,644 - $158,239
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 465
Hourly Data $0$100
Hourly Rate $39.73 - $100.22
Overtime $55.00
Annual Data $0$158K
Bonus $1,033 - $20,648
Profit Sharing $1,174 - $15,101
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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$77,644 - $158,239
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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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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As Lead Software Development Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Software Engineering, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Software Engineering Directors earn $139K on average per year. The most common next step for a Lead Software Development Engineer is to become a Software Development Manager or a Software Architect. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $1K more per year.

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Lead Software Development Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Microsoft Corp, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Amazon.com Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Accenture Technology Solutions. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amazon.com Inc offers the most; Lead Software Development Engineers earn $147K on average there.

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)


Lead Software Development Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java/J2EE, Object Oriented Programming, C++ Programming Language, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SQL, ASP.NET, and ASP.NET Framework. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed in ASP.NET and Java.

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

Pay by Experience for a Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 60 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 204 salaries. An experienced Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $118,000 based on 246 salaries. A Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $121,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $111,353

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

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Lead Software Development Engineers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Lead Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+27 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Columbus (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Philadelphia (18 percent lower and 13 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 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲9%

▲6%

National Average
$111,000

▼10%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲8%



▲3%

C++
▼0%

National Average
$111,000

C
▼1%

▼3%

▼4%


▼7%

C#
▼8%

▼9%



SQL
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
no benefits
None: 9%
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