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

Average pay for a Lead Software Development Engineer in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $104K per year. Total cash compensation to Lead Software Development Engineers bottoms out near $73K and approaches $143K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $18K from bonuses and almost $25K from profit sharing. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all workers, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary (?
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$71,788 - $129,698
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MEDIAN: $99,202
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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary (?
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$39.89 - $82.15
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,788 - $129,698  
   
Bonus
$497.70 - $18,488  
Profit Sharing
$828 - $24,847  
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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$73,226 - $143,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$39.89 - $82.15  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $83.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$497.70 - $18,488  
   
Profit Sharing
$828 - $24,847  
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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$73,226 - $143,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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.

Common Career Paths for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

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Lead Software Development Engineers who transition into an upper level Software Engineering role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $135K per year. Lead Software Development Engineers typically move into roles as Software Development Managers or Senior Software Architects, and those positions pay $8K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Amazon.com Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($152K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $98K to $173K.
Employees at Microsoft Corp can also expect below-average earnings.

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Lead Software Development Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in C++, JavaScript, Java/J2EE, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server , ASP.NET, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in .NET tend to be well versed 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.
For Lead Software Development Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $84K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $112K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $116K. The majority of Lead Software Development Engineers have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with one to 10 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$104,000
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For those looking to make money, Lead Software Development Engineers in Redmond enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Jose, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, where Lead Software Development Engineers typically earn around 27 percent, 23 percent, 14 percent, and 13 percent more than usual. With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Minneapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Houston (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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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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JavaScript
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Java/J2EE
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UNIX
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Linux
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Java
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HTML
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$104,000
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C#
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Microsoft SQL Server
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ASP.NET
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Internet Information Server (IIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 358 votes.

Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%