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

Lead Software Development Engineer in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $103,897 per year. With some bonuses approaching $18,488 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $25K, overall incomes in the Lead Software Development Engineers from $71,788 to $129,698 depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salary (?
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$71,788 - $129,698
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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 (?
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$73,226 - $143,046  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Software Engineer and Development Director may get paid an extra $31K per year. Lead Software Development Engineers most often move into positions as Software Development Managers or Senior Software Architects, where they can expect an extra $7,685 or $16,612 per year.

Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Lead Software Development Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Amazon.com Inc, where typical salaries come to $152,421, though the large difference in pay between employees at the top ($100K) and those starting out ($177K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, where the median salary is just $73,000—less than half of the top paying company's rate. Workers at Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $140,677 and $152,421, respectively.

Popular Skills for Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE)

Survey takers working as Lead Software Development Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. C++ and JavaScript are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Internet Information Server (IIS), ASP.NET, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people who know .NET also know ASP.NET and Java.

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

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Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $84K to $100K. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $112K. As Lead Software Development Engineers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $116K. Lead Software Development Engineers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with one to 10 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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$104,000
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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Lead Software Development Engineers in Redmond receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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. Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (-11 percent) and Houston (-5 percent).

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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

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
7%
female alumni
 
Male
93%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
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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%
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