Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary (United States)

A Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) earns an average salary of $99,099 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$71,775 - $129,818
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MEDIAN: $99,099
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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$40.04 - $81.95
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MEDIAN: $65.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,775 - $129,818  
   
Bonus
$511 - $18,135  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $24,638  
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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$73,122 - $143,162  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$40.04 - $81.95  
   
Overtime
$22.81 - $82.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$511 - $18,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$811 - $24,638  
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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$73,122 - $143,162  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,493
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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.
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$104,000
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

National Average
$104,000

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C++
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Linux
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UNIX
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Java/J2EE
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Java
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HTML
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Oracle
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$104,000
C#
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SQL
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.NET
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PL/SQL
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Gender
Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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