Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary

Average pay for a Lead Software Development Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $103K per year. Final cash compensation to Lead Software Development Engineers varies from around $77K to approximately $155K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $24K and $15K, respectively. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$74,897 - $144,700
$75K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $102,850
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$40.00 - $85.00
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MEDIAN: $55.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$74,897 - $144,700  
   
Bonus
$1,034 - $23,976  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $15,135  
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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$76,874 - $155,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 471
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$40.00 - $85.00  
   
Overtime
$40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,034 - $23,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$679 - $15,135  
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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$76,874 - $155,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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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At the upper end, Lead Software Development Engineers who move into a Software Engineering role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Software Engineering Directors is a much higher $139K per year. Lead Software Development Engineers typically move into roles as Software Development Managers or Software Architects, and those positions pay $6K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Lead Software Development Engineers, Microsoft Corp, Wipro Technologies Ltd., Amazon.com Inc, Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, and Accenture Technology Solutions are leading firms in the industry. 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)


Lead Software Development Engineers seem to wield many 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 6 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include SQL, ASP.NET, and ASP.NET Framework. 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)

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: $109,359

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

With a pay rate for Lead Software Development Engineers that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Lead Software Development Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Redmond (+30 percent), Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Columbus (+14 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers pay around 16 percent less in Minneapolis and 11 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲11%

▲8%

National Average
$109,000

▼8%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

▲10%



▲5%

C++
▲2%

C
▲1%

National Average
$109,000

▼1%

▼2%


▼5%

C#
▼6%


▼8%


SQL
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 9%
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