A Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) earns an average salary of $98,622 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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$71,820 - $128,802
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $98,622
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Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Total Pay (?
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$39.80 - $81.22
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MEDIAN: $64.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,820 - $128,802  
   
Bonus
$796 - $18,227  
Profit Sharing
$862 - $22,000  
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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$73,120 - $141,379  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,682
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$39.80 - $81.22  
   
Overtime
$29.09 - $82.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$796 - $18,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$862 - $22,000  
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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$73,120 - $141,379  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,682
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
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New York
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Denver
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Dallas
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$103,000
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Experience Affects Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

National Average
$103,000

Skills That Affect Lead Software Development Engineer (SDE) Salaries

C++
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Java
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Java/J2EE
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HTML
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$103,000
.NET
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C#
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Gender
Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 7%
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